Wildcats Advance at National Championships

WACO, Texas. The Kansas State equestrian team handily defeated New Mexico State, 6-2, in the first round of the Hunt Seat bracket and began second round action in both English and Western at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas.


After winning in first round competition in the Hunt Seat bracket, the Wildcats then moved on to second round competition against Oklahoma State, winning 3-1 on the flat. The fences category will be held on Thursday to finish up the second round at the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds. K-State would then face the winner of Baylor and Georgia if it completes a win over Oklahoma State.


The Wildcats swept the fences category, 4-0, in the first competition of the day against New Mexico State. Sophomore Leslie Yates had the highest score of the competition, defeating Meg Keeley, 164-147. Senior Casey Finnell, junior Whitney Snyder and freshman Kendall Marvin all rode tremendously and picked up wins.


On the flat, the Wildcats tied New Mexico State, 2-2, as sophomore Jenny Giraldin led all riders with her 152-141 win over Meg Keeley. Casey Finnell won the other match for K-State, 148-138, over Kristin Engel.


In round two action, seventh-seeded K-State defeated second-seeded Oklahoma State on the flat, 3-1. Casey Finnell led all riders with a 162-149 win over Allyson Blais. Jenny Giraldin and Whitney Snyder also picked up wins for the Wildcats.


“We had our focus right where we needed it to be,” English coach Ashley Duda said. “We pulled out quite a few wins today and Casey Finnell rode the best Equitation test I have ever seen her ride since I have been coaching here.”


In Western action Wednesday, third-seeded K-State enjoyed a bye in the first round and began competition in the second round, tying sixth-seeded Oklahoma State, 2-2, in reining. Freshman Morgan Campbell defeated Jacque Roberts, 145.5-141.5 and senior Sara Weller knocked off Racehell Shobe, 145-144, for the Wildcats’ two wins. K-State will wrap up round two action Thursday in Horsemanship against Oklahoma State and with a win will face the winner of South Carolina and Georgia.               



“Morgan Campbell and Sara Weller really stepped up today and performed well for their team,” Western coach Casie Lisabeth said. “We made a couple of mistakes but still rode confidently. We feel pretty solid going into tomorrow’s competition.”


Results from tomorrow’s show will be available online at kstatesports.com as they become available.


Kansas State 6, New Mexico State, 2

April 18, 2007

Heart of Texas Fairgrounds

Waco, Texas


English First Round Results



Sarah Suazo (NMSU) 104 vs. Kendall Marvin (KSU) 133
Kristen Engel (NMSU) 0 vs. Whitney Snyder (KSU) 139
Meg Keeley (NMSU) 147 vs. Leslie Yates (KSU) 164
Krystal Mack (NMSU) 160 vs. Casey Finnell (KSU) 160.5




Meg Keeley (NMSU) 141 vs. Jenny Giraldin (KSU) 152
Kristin Engel (NMSU) 138 vs. Casey Finnell (KSU) 148
Krystal Mack (NMSU) 161 vs. Whitney Snyder (KSU) 122
Kathryn Dickson (NMSU) 151 vs. Leslie Yates (KSU) 127


English Total: NMSU 2 KSU 6



Kansas State, 3 Oklahoma State, 1

April 18, 2007

Heart of Texas Fairgrounds

Waco, Texas


English Second Round Results

Jenny Giraldin (KSU) 150 vs. Samantha Collingsworth (OSU) 142
Whitney Snyder (KSU) 151 vs. Michelle Woolschlager (OSU) 133
Casey Finnell (KSU) 162 vs. Allyson Blais (OSU) 149
Leslie Yates (KSU) 155 vs. Bailey Mahoney (OSU) 161



Kansas State, 2 Oklahoma State, 2

April 18, 2007

Heart of Texas Fairgrounds

Waco, Texas


Western Second Round Results


Morgan Campbell (KSU) 145.5 vs. Jacque Roberts (OSU) 141.5
Sara Weller (KSU) 145 vs. Rachell Shobe (OSU) 144.5
Lindsey Salsbury (KSU) 123 vs. Katie Bohr (OSU) 142
Dennon Zimbelman (KSU) 117.5 vs. Rachel Currat (OSU) 133.5