Wildcats Hope to Jumpstart Season Against Cowgirls

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team looks to snap its four show losing streak this weekend as it hosts Oklahoma State on Friday in a varsity head-to-head competition and an IHSA Western show on Saturday. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Fox Creek Farms in Manhattan.


Oklahoma State enters the competition with an overall record of 7-2, but has dropped two competitions in a row to Georgia and Auburn.


Kansas State brings an overall record of 4-5 to the competition and sends 26 riders to face the Cowgirls. The Wildcats have lost four consecutive shows and are looking to end the skid.


K-State and Oklahoma State faced off earlier this season on Feb. 2, a match that the Cowgirls won 17-5.


“We are really looking forward to hosting OSU,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “We are ready to end our losing streak and plan to ride very hard on Friday. We have put in extra practice time and are feeling much more confident this week. In order to beat OSU, we will need strong rides from each person. Our riders are working hard to ensure they will be ready.”


On the English side, K-State’s squad in Equitation over Fences will consist of senior Whitney Snyder, who is 12-5-1 on the season and leads the Wildcats in individual wins, junior Leslie Yates, who is coming off an MVP award against Baylor, sophomore Kendall Marvin, sophomore Ashley Collett, who is 5-1 on the year, and sophomore Paige Sullivan.


In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will feature Snyder, Yates, Marvin, freshman Julie Wolfert and junior Jennifer Giraldin.


“It will be really good for us to show at home after a long stretch of away shows,” Western head coach Casie Williamson said. “Our girls feel good on our horses and should be able to ride confidently. We had to come home and fix some things from last weekend, but we have been working overtime so I feel really good about everyone competing. This is a big competition for us and could really boost our team for the rest of the season.”


In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team will include sophomore Laura Browne, who is 5-2-2 with one MVP award on the season, sophomore Courtney Watters, who is coming off an MVP performance against Baylor, junior Jana Lechtenberg, who is looking to keep the momentum going after her win against Baylor, junior Alyssa Freeman, who leads all Western riders in wins with 11, and senior Lindsey Salsbury who is coming off a big win against Texas A&M.


K-State’s Reining squad will send a young squad of sophomore Morgan Campbell, who went a perfect 2-0 last weekend against Baylor and Texas A&M, sophomore Kaylee Stout, who is coming off of a win against Texas A&M, freshman Alecia Zimbelman, who holds a record of 5-3-1, sophomore Tara Hallan, who took home her first varsity win as a Wildcat against Texas A&M, and Freeman.


Saturday’s IHSA Western show will feature a Morning and Afternoon competition. Sixteen K-State Riders will face off in a variety of different categories including Advanced Horsemanship, Novice, Intermediate, Open, Alumni Reining, Beginner, Alumni Horsemanship and Reining.


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


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