Equestrian Travels to Big 12 Championships

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team will hit the road this weekend for the Big 12 Championships in Stillwater, Okla., as the Wildcats look to carry some momentum from their win over Auburn two weeks ago.


The Wildcats are the No. 4 seed for the event and will square off against top-seeded Baylor in first round competition on Friday. The show is set to begin at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Animal Science Arena. Texas A&M enters the championship as the No. 2 seed, while Oklahoma State is at No. 3.


The Wildcats will look to upend No. 1 Baylor as they have been defeated by the Bears twice so far this season. K-State owns an overall record of 5-7 on the season, while Baylor heads into the championships with a record of 10-3. Texas A&M is 8-3 on the year and Oklahoma State sits at 7-5.


“We will face some great competition this weekend," said Ashley Foster, Hunter Seat head coach. "Our riders are currently at the top of their game so I am looking forward to getting back into competition this weekend. We have worked to be able to put in strong, fluid rounds at the Big 12 Championships, and hopefully they will stand out to the judges and earn us more respect heading into our national championships.”


Last season, the Wildcats finished third at the Central Championships, which has since been renamed by the league office this season to the Big 12 Championships, in Manhattan, while the Bears placed just ahead in second.


“We are excited to travel to Stillwater and compete in the Big 12 Championships this weekend," said Casie Williamson, Western head coach. "This is a huge test for us before Nationals and we have been working overtime to prepare ourselves. The girls need to ride with confidence through every step of their pattern and really think through each maneuver.”


In addition to the Big 12 Championships, senior Hannah Schroller will be competing in Intermediate Equitation on the Flat at the IHSA Hunter Seat Regional and Zone competitions this weekend. Schroller must place in the top two at Regionals to move on to Zones. She must then place in the top two at Zones to go to the IHSA Nationals. Regionals will be hosted by Northern Illinois and will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dassenbrook Stable in Maple Park, Ill. If Schroller qualifies, she will then travel to Foxton Farm in Romney, Ind., to compete on Sunday at 10 a.m.


“Hannah has worked hard over the past few weeks to improve her riding," said Foster.  "Throughout her years on the team, it has been exciting to see her grow as a rider. She should stand out among the other intermediate flat riders at the competition this weekend. Hopefully she will have clean rides that will earn her a trip to IHSA Nationals.”