Outside the Arena with Leanne and Soffia

Name:  Leanne Thompson

Year: Senior

Years on the team: 4

Discipline: Western

Hometown: Osage City, KS

Major: Animal Science

Riding Background (before college): I rode horses for mountain vacations and work.

Why I chose K-State: I chose to go to school here because of their animal science program and vet school and also because I am a Kansan.

My favorite part about being a student-athlete: All of the awesome perks we get like free tutors, tickets to games, and Nike clothes.

Favorite part about being on the team: Having so many great girlfriends.

Favorite Manhattan restaurant: The Little Apple Grill.

The CD in my CD player right now is (or what I’m listening to on my ipod): The Randy Rogers Band
If I could have any superpower it would be: The ability to talk to animals...wouldn’t that be nice in competition?

Plans after graduation: Go to the KSU Vet School to be a large animal vet in the Midwest (more specifically, a beef consulting vet).

 

Name:  Soffia Farral da Cruz

Year: Freshman

Years on the team: 1

Discipline: English

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: Business

Riding Background (before college): I was the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association Jr. Hunter and Equitation Champion in 2006 along with the Best Child Rider of 2006.

Why I chose K-State: I came to Kansas State to ride.

My favorite part about being a student-athlete: The best part is that people know who we are just because we are athletes.

Favorite part about being on the team: My favorite part is meeting all of the girls and being able to ride in college.

Favorite Manhattan restaurant: Houlihans.

An interesting pre-show ritual I have is: I only drink blue Gatorade.

The CD in my CD player right now is (or what I’m listening to on my ipod): Rascal Flatts.

The last book I read was: Harry Potter
If I could have any superpower it would be: The ability to read minds.

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Friends”
Plans after graduation: Keep riding and work in human resources back in Colorado.