Wildcats Face Tough Home Challenge Against No. 2 TCU

MANHATTAN, Kan. - With a seven meet deficit away from home and anticipating the days until competing on their home turf again, the Kansas State equestrian team is back at Timbercreek Stables for the first time since November 8 with a match against Big 12 foe and No. 2 ranked TCU on Friday at 10 a.m. Admission to the meet is free and open to the public.

Kansas State comes into the meet undefeated on their home turf this season with a record of 5-0. The Wildcats will look to pick up their 17th home meet victory in the last two seasons and improve their overall record at home, 17-1. 

"We are looking forward to finishing our regular season out at home these next two weekends," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "We have been away from here (Manhattan) for awhile so it will be a nice change to have the entire team involved and be back in home territory."

The Wildcats will look to avenge a 13-5 loss to the Horned Frogs from earlier this season in Fort Worth, during the fall season.

The Hunt Seat team will be led by senior captain Madison Wayda. Wayda has contributed 13 points for the Wildcats this season. Alongside her competing in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences will be sophomores Henley Adkins and Taylor Schmidt. In K-State's last meet at Oklahoma State, Schmidt picked up her second Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honor of the season in Equitation on the Flat.

Sophomore Alexis Graves will join the trio in Equitation over Fences as well as freshman Molly Dunn. Sophomore Gretchen Koenen and Christina Martinelli will compete in Equitation on the Flat as they both look to bring home their sixth triumph of the season. 

Junior captain Danielle Kemper will be a threat to TCU in Horsemanship, as she and senior Kelsey Sousa guide freshmen Sydney Anson, Kirsten Chamberland and Paige Kemper to bring home a win in the discipline on Friday. Paige Kemper has stepped up in the past few meets building her rookie season record to 2-3-1.

In Reining, K-State will look to senior captain Savannah Smith and junior standout Kara Guy to pave the way for the Wildcats in this discipline. Guy is now 6-5-1 this season and holds a career record of 20-14-1. Junior Nicholle Hatton, freshmen Brynn Critcher and Jessica Johns will also compete in the discipline.  

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

Fences:
Henley Adkins

Molly Dunn
Alexis Graves
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda
ALT- Christina Martinelli

Flat:
Henley Adkins

Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda
EXH- Alexis Graves
ALT- Sabrina Tirador

Horsemanship:
Sydney Anson

Kirsten Chamberland
Danielle Kemper
Paige Kemper
Kelsey Sousa
EXH - Ashley Anderson
ALT- Alyssa Lombardi

Reining:
Brynn Critcher

Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Jessica Johns
Savannah Smith
ALT - Kali Retzler