K-State Hits the Road for Two Shows Against Conference Foes

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team continues its road trip against fellow Big 12 opponents as it takes on Baylor this Friday and Texas A&M on Saturday.


The Wildcats faced both squads during the Fall season in Manhattan, as K-State defeated Baylor, 14-6, on October 12 and fell to Texas A&M, 12-8, on November 9.


“We are all really anxious to have a match on the road again,” Western head coach Casie Williamson said. “We have been working really hard to perfect every move so we can go into this weekend with a lot of confidence. We are going up against two really strong teams this weekend, but all of our western performers look the best they have all year. Everyone is really on top of their game in practice, we just need to remain focused in the show pen.”


The head-to-head match will feature 34 K-State riders in English and Western styles for both the Baylor and Texas A&M shows. English will send 19 riders and Western will have 15 riders compete.


On the English side, K-State’s squad in Equitation over Fences will consist of senior Whitney Snyder, who is 11-3 on the season and earned an MVP award against Texas A&M earlier this season, junior Leslie Yates, who is 7-7, sophomore Kendall Marvin, sporting a 4-3 record in Equitation over Fences and two MVP awards, sophomore Ashley Collett, who is 3-1 on the year, sophomore Paige Sullivan and sophomore Bridget Doyle, who picked up her first win of the season against Oklahoma State.


In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will display Snyder, Yates, Marvin, freshman Julie Wolfert, junior Jennifer Giraldin, who holds a record of 4-3 and junior Katie Mellon who is seeking her first varsity win of the season.


"After losing to OSU, we have worked hard to fine tune our riding,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “We have very technical tests to ride through this weekend and are excited to face the challenge. In addition, we are competing with a lot of new riders in the varsity format. I am excited to see how everyone performs. My hopes are that we turn in consistent rounds throughout the weekend and that we are able to pull out two wins."


In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team will include sophomore Laura Browne, who posts a 4-1-2 record with one MVP award, sophomore Courtney Watters, junior Jana Lechtenberg, who is 3-3-1 with one MVP award, junior Alyssa Freeman, who leads all Western riders with a 9-5 record senior Lindsey Salsbury, who is 5-1 on the season, and sophomore Mikaela Sundgren, who is search looking for her first varsity win.


K-State’s Reining squad will send a young squad of sophomore Morgan Campbell, who holds a 4-3 record with one MVP award, sophomore Dani Pettera, who is 5-2 with one MVP award, sophomore Kaylee Stout, freshman Alecia Zimbelman, sporting a 4-2-1 mark, junior Tara Hallan who is searching for her first Wildcat win and Freeman.


Both show’s will also feature riders performing in J.V. competitions in Fences, Flat, Reining and Horsemanship.


Results from the show will be available online at kstatesports.com as they become available.