Equestrian Back in the Saddle Against NMSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team is anxious to get back in the saddle after Christmas break as it hits the road Saturday to face New Mexico State in its first show of the spring semester.


The Wildcats are coming off a 13-7 loss to Oklahoma State to finish out the fall semester. And are looking to improve upon an overall 2-5 record for the fall semester.

“It will be a relief to get on the road again,” said Ashley Foster, Hunter Seat head coach. “Our fall semester was not as strong as we would have liked it to be. We are looking to start out better against New Mexico State and to be more successful this spring.”


Senior Whitney Snyder will lead the Wildcats in both equitation on the flat and equitation over fences as she finished the fall semester with a 5-2 record on the flat and 6-1 record over fences.


Senior Tara Hallan will be making her season debut in Western competition against the Aggies while the other Wildcat riders have already shown this season.


In varsity horsemanship, senior Alyssa Freeman will lead the Wildcats after finishing with a 6-1 record for the fall semester and sophomore Alecia Zimbelman will lead K-State in reining after a 6-1 finish as well.


“I am anxious to get the team back into the competition arena,” said Casie Williamson, Western head coach. “This first competition will be a good measurement of where we stand going into this semester. The girls have been working really hard and putting in extras rides to get prepared, both physically and mentally. We are looking for clean, solid rides this weekend that will give us the confidence we need for the rest of the semester.”


New Mexico State holds a 2-3 record on the season and is coming off a 14-2 victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


Results from Saturday’s show will be posted as they become available.



K-State’s complete line-up against New Mexico State is as follows:




Laura Browne

Alyssa Freeman
Mikaela Sundgren

Sierra Fredrick

Jana Lechtenberg


Morgan Campbell

Tara Hallan
Alecia Zimbelman
Kaylee Stout
Dani Pettera





Equitation over Fences
Ashley Collett
Kendall Marvin

Leslie Yates
Bridget Doyle

            Jen Rawle


Equitation on the Flat
Jenny Giraldin
Katie Mellon
Leslie Yates

            Dresden Sommer

Stephanie Patterson