No. 6 Wildcats Head South for Spring Opener

MANHATTAN, Kan. - After finishing the fall season with a 5-4 record, the No. 6 Kansas State equestrian team kicks off the spring season with a trip south as they travel to Martin, Tennessee this weekend. K-State will face No. 9 Georgia at 10 a.m., on Friday and University of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at 10 a.m.


"We are anxious to get out on the road and begin our spring semester this weekend. It's been a long wait since our last competition and we learned some valuable things as a team on the road in November," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "We are definitely ready to put that to the test this weekend and begin the journey towards Championships."

Last season, K-State defeated the Bulldogs 13-7 at Timbercreek Stables while they took home the win against the Skyhawks's on their home turf, 10-8.

The Wildcats will look to build their momentum up after falling short in their last four meets before break, which included losses to ranked opponents TCU, Baylor, Auburn and Fresno State.

The Hunt Seat team will be led by senior captain Madison Wayda and sophomore Taylor Schmidt. Alongside Wayda, Schmidt, will compete in both Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat this weekend. Schmidt is now 13-4-1 so far this season and seemed to be a standout performer towards the end of the fall season to help the Wildcats win the Hunt Seat by a 7-3 decision against Fresno State.

Sophomore Henley Adkins will join Schmidt and Wayda in both disciplines. Adkins had a strong fall as she earned five Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors.

Freshman Halle Kutsche will be making an appearance in Equitation over Fences and sophomore Gretchen Koenen and Christina Martinelli will compete in Equitation on the Flat. Each have gained tremendous experience and competitiveness throughout the course of the fall season and look to maintain that drive into the spring season.

Junior captain Danielle Kemper's leadership has provided confidence and direction to the young Horsemanship team. Alongside Kemper this weekend, will be four younger classmen who look to Kemper to pave the way in the discipline- sophomores Sydney Anson and Alyssa Lombardi as well as freshmen Kirsten Chamberland and younger sister, Paige Kemper.

In Reining, K-State will look to senior captain Savannah Smith and junior Nicholle Hatton to rally the Wildcats in this discipline. Smith and Hatton have picked up eight out of the 15 points for the Reining team this season. Junior Kara Guy, freshmen Brynn Critcher and Jessica Johns look to pick up victories to help claim another win for the Wildcats as well.

Live updates for the match against Georgia and Tennessee-Martin can be found on K-State's Gameday Twitter account, @kstate_gameday.

Fences:
Henley Adkins
Alexis Graves
Halle Kutsche
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda
ALT- Molly Dunn

Flat:
Henley Adkins
Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda
ALT- Sabrina Tirador (UGA), Alexis Graves (UTM)


Horsemanship:
Sydney Anson
Kirsten Chamberland
Danielle Kemper
Paige Kemper
Alyssa Lombardi
ALT - Ashley Anderson


Reining:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Jessica Johns
Savannah Smith
ALT - Kali Retzler