K-State's Webster, Laffey to compete in WEF Challenge

Equitation Over Fences

Feb. 5, 2013

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State equestrian riders Rachel Webster and Larissa Laffey will travel to Wellington, Fla., this week to compete in the WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge on Friday.

K-State Hunter Seat coach Anna Schierholz expects her riders to bring a strong competitive nature to the event.

"Rachel and Larissa are fantastic representatives of the K-State equestrian team, and we are so proud of their accomplishments this season," said Schierholz. "We are excited for some great competition this weekend. Both athletes are fierce competitors with impressive seasons already under their belts in 2012-13, and we look forward to spotlighting their talents in the WEF Equitation Challenge."

Webster, a junior and a captain from Mechanicsville, Va., will be competing in Equitation Over Fences. Webster has had an impressive 2012-13 campaign, racking up 13 wins and guiding a strong Hunter Seat team. Webster's will have a familiar first round foe, when she meets Baylor's Sam Schaefer. Webster topped Schaefer, 75-50, on Oct. 5 in Manhattan.

"It is an honor to represent my team," said Webster. "I am very excited for the opportunity to be chosen to compete at such a prestigious event."

Laffey, a senior from Byfield, Mass., will represent K-State in Equitation on the Flat. Laffey has brought a strong presence to the team this season. Laffey has picked up nine wins in all competitions this season. Her first round opponent will be UT-Martin's Kara Bergenty.

"It is an honor to be chosen to represent such an amazing team in an arena where the NCEA is being showcased for the industry," said Laffey.

Equitation Over Fences will start at 2 p.m., on February 8, with all riders competing in a preliminary round.  The eight winners will qualify for the finals and the remaining eight will compete in a consolation bracket immediately following the preliminary round. Equitation on the Flat will being at 8 p.m.

Check back with kstatesports.com for a recap of this week's competition. K-State returns to team action on March 1, when they travel to Waco, Texas for a match-up with Baylor.