Mellon to Compete at Collegiate Invitational

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Katie Mellon of the Kansas State equestrian team has been selected to compete at this Friday’s Collegiate Invitational during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.


This is the first ever competition of its kind and will feature the top-ranked rider from each of the 13 currently competing NCAA Varsity Equestrian teams, plus three more riders from Florida schools, to compete in a head-to-head tournament in Equitation over Fences. 


The Collegiate Invitational will follow the same format as a normal varsity competition in that there will be riders competing head-to-head on borrowed horses provided for the competition, the only difference being that the entire competition will take place that evening in a tournament-style bracket until a winner is crowned. 


Mellon is currently riding under new K-State Hunter Seat coach, Gardner Powell.

Powell, a nationally-accomplished horse trainer, instructor and “R” rated judge, and has coached Mellon to a 4-2 record on the season, building off of her previous season’s record of 3-0 with one MVP over fences.


During her tenure at K-State, Mellon has been named to the Varsity Equestrian National Championship team each year, as well as being named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll each semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.87 as an agricultural communications major.


The Winter Equestrian Festival is one of the largest USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) winter horse show circuits that take place across the United States, and it runs from Jan. 13 – Apr. 4.  Other important events happening at WEF include qualifiers for the World Equestrian Games, an FEI World Cup Qualifier and multiple other world class Grand Prix jumping and dressage competitions.


The Collegiate Invitational will get underway at 7 p.m. in the International Arena at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Results will be posted as they become available on