Wildcats Look to Get Back on Track Against Fresno State

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team looks to bounce back from its loss to Georgia last week as it hosts Fresno State on Friday in the final regular season competition of the season beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Fox Creek Farms.


Kansas State brings an overall record of 5-6 to the competition and sends 18 riders to face the Bulldogs.


“We are looking to finish our regular season off on a strong note,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “Many of our riders will get to compete against Fresno. We have worked hard to correct the mistakes we made last week. Consistency is the key in our sport. Our riders need to have consistent, clean, solid rides this Friday in order to finish strong."


On the English side, K-State’s squad in Equitation over Fences will feature senior Whitney Snyder, who is coming off a win last week over Georgia, junior Leslie Yates, sophomore Kendall Marvin and sophomore Ashley Collett, who is 6-2 on the year.


In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will feature Snyder, Yates, junior Jenny Giraldin and freshman Julie Wolfert who picked her first varsity win and MVP award last week against Georgia.


"We are aiming for more than perfect rides this weekend,” Western head coach Casie Williamson said. “We have had a few mistakes the past few shows and we hope to iron those out this week. All of our riders are looking to end the regular season with a lot of confidence to carry them into their post-season competitions."


In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team that tied Georgia last week, 2-2, will consist of sophomore Laura Browne, who is 6-3-2 with one MVP award on the season, junior Jana Lechtenberg and senior Lindsey Salsbury who is coming off a big win against Georgia.


K-State’s Reining squad will send a young squad of sophomore Morgan Campbell, who is sporting a 6-4-1 record on the year, sophomore Kaylee Stout, freshman Alecia Zimbelman, who holds a record of 6-4-1and sophomore Tara Hallan, who has stayed perfect on the season at 3-0-1 in her first year with the Wildcats.


Friday’s show will also feature four K-State riders performing in J.V. competition, including sophomore Courtney Watters in Horsemanship. In the Reining portion of the show, K-State will send sophomore Dani Pettera. Equitation over Fences will feature sophomore Paige Sullivan and Equitation on the Flat will send sophomore Kendall Marvin.


On Saturday five K-State riders will participate in an IHSA Western show at Black Hawk College including junior Alden Haugh, senior Dana Totten, sophomore Nicole Keenan, freshman Nicole Allen and junior Valerie Dysart. Totten will also compete at Black Hawk in an IHSA Regional competition this Sunday in Advanced Horsemanship.


“Dana Totten has a very good chance to qualify for semi-finals this weekend,” Williamson said. “She is a strong, confident rider who just needs to go in relaxed and not over show her horse.”


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


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