Western Squad to Ride for Fifth at VENC

WACO, Texas After strong rides from both the Western and Hunter Seat squads on Thursday, the Kansas State equestrian team faced tough competition on Friday in the second round of the Varsity National Championships as the Western squad went head-to-head with fourth-seeded Oklahoma State and the Hunter Seat squad faced off against top-seeded Auburn.

 

Although the Wildcats registered several wins, the Cowgirls defeated Kansas State’s Western squad, 6-2, while the Hunter Seat squad tied Auburn, 4-4, but was defeated in the tiebreaker, 837-814. 

 

Only two Wildcat riders picked up victories in Western competition, both of which were in the reining category. Senior Tara Hallan upended Leah Kuehn, 139-135, while junior Kaylee Stout added another win to her record as she defeated Bri Parnell by a tight margin, 134.5-133.5.

 

In Hunter Seat competition, two Kansas State riders registered wins in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. On the flat, senior Paige Kovari picked up her second win of the weekend by riding past Chelsea Anheuser, 103-94. Senior Dresden Sommer also picked up a victory on the day by upending Rebecca Rifkin, 111-97.

 

Senior Whitney Snyder guided the Wildcats over fences and also picked up her second win of the weekend by defeating Ali Loprete, 131-126. Snyder advanced her overall record to 20-11-1 with five MVP honors for the year. Sophomore Jen Rawle rounded out the Wildcats over fences by defeating Dottie Grubb by a large margin, 151-130.

 

Both K-State’s Western squad and Hunter Seat squad went on to ride in the consolation bracket. The Western squad faced off against ninth-seeded New Mexico State, while the Hunter Seat squad went head-to-head with No. 5 Texas A&M.

 

In Western competition, Kansas State defeated New Mexico State, 6-2, and will now move on and ride for fifth place on Saturday. Hallan and Stout both picked up their second wins of the day, and sophomore Alecia Zimbelman also picked up a win for the Wildcats in the reining category. With the win, Zimbelman advanced her overall record to 11-5-1 on the year with three MVP honors.

 

In the horsemanship division, K-State was led by senior Alyssa Freeman. Freeman now owns an overall record of 14-4 on the season with one MVP award. Also picking up wins for the Wildcats were juniors Laura Browne and Mikaela Sundgren.

 

In Hunter Seat competition, K-State was upended by the Aggies, 6-1. Only one rider picked up a win for K-State, including senior Leslie Yates, who defeated Brooke Coleman, 162-156, in equitation over fences.

 

In individual competition, Freeman upended South Carolina’s No. 4 seeded Katie Grossnickle, 142-139. Freeman’s overall record on the year improved to 15-4 for the Wildcats with one MVP honor. She will go head-to-head with top-seeded and defending national champion Caroline Gunn of Texas A&M on Saturday.

 

Final results from the second round of competition are as follows.

 

Western competition

 

Kansas State vs Oklahoma State

 

Reining:

Morgan Campbell 133 vs Jacque Roberts 138.5

Tara Hallan 139 vs Leah Kuehn 135

Alecia Zimbelman 137.5 vs Rachell Shobe 140.5

Kaylee Stout 134.5 vs Bri Parnell 133.5

 

Horsemanship:

Laura Browne 139.5 vs Courtney Whitacre 142

Mikaela Sundgren 135 vs Jordan Pickelman 141.5

Jana Lechtenberg 140 vs Margaux Tucker 144

Alyssa Freeman 139.5 vs Nichole Chirico 141

 

Total: KSU 2 OSU 6

 

Hunter Seat competition

 

Kansas State vs Auburn

 

Equitation over Fences:

Kendall Marvin 156 vs Maggie McAlary 169

Jen Rawle 151 vs Dottie Grubb 130

Whitney Snyder 131 vs Ali Loprete 126

Leslie Yates 126 vs Grace Socha 171

 

Equitation on the Flat:

Paige Kovari 103 vs Chelsea Anheuser 94

Whitney Snyder 148 vs Jenny Reinhart 151

Dresden Sommer 111 vs Rebecca Rifkin 97

Leslie Yates 122 vs Katie Breedlove 123

 

Total: KSU 4 AU 4

    Tiebreaker: KSU 814 AU 837

 

 

Final results from the consolation round are as follows.

 

Western competition

 

Kansas State vs New Mexico State

 

Reining:

Morgan Campbell 121 vs Kate Chesley 140.5

Tara Hallan 127 vs Tonna Brooks 116

Alecia Zimbelman 138.5 vs Rachael Krause 135.5

Kaylee Stout 133 vs Ashley Dietz 110.5

 

Horsemanship:

Laura Browne 143 vs Codi Binkerd141.5

Mikaela Sundgren 139.5 vs Rachael Krause 138.5

Jana Lechtenberg 138.5 vs Kate Chesley 144.5

Alyssa Freeman 147.5 vs Tonna Brooks 142.5

 

Total: KSU 6 NMSU 2

 

Hunter Seat competition

 

Kansas State vs Texas A&M

 

Equitation over Fences:

Kendall Marvin 135 vs Lindsay Smith 139

Jen Rawle 125 vs Erin Ivy 148

Whitney Snyder 152 vs Kristi Waldal 156

Leslie Yates 162 vs Brooke Coleman 156

 

Equitation on the Flat:

Paige Kovari 119 vs Megan Webb139

Whitney Snyder 120 vs Brittney Dodson 120

Katie Mellon 126 vs Christina Matz 137

Leslie Yates 123 vs Tegan Zealy 125

 

Total: KSU 1 TAMU 6

 

 

2009 VENC Schedule

 

(All times other than daily start times are estimations)

 

COLISEUM ARENA (Western Events)

Saturday:
8:30 am           Horsemanship (Brackets M, N, EE, FF)
10:30 am         Reining (Brackets M, N, EE, FF)
12:30 pm         AWARDS CEREMONY FOR BOTH DISCIPLINES and CHAMPIONSHIP  ROUND STARTING LINEUPS (TEAM and INDIVIDUAL)
2:30 pm           HORSEMANSHIP CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND (TEAM and INDIVIDUAL)
4:30 pm           REINING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND (TEAM and INDIVIDUAL)
5:30 pm           CROWNING OF CHAMPIONS CEREMONY (OVERALL TEAMS, BOTH DISCIPLINES AND INDIVIDUALS)

 

DODGE ARENA (Equitation Over Fences Events)

Saturday:
8:30 am           Fences (Brackets M, N, EE, FF)
3:30 pm           FENCES CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS (TEAM and INDIVIDUAL)
5:30 pm           ***   COLISEUM ARENA   *** CROWNING OF CHAMPIONS CEREMONY (OVERALL TEAMS, BOTH DISCIPLINES AND INDIVIDUALS)

 

PAVILION ARENA (Equitation on the Flat Events)

Saturday:
10:30 am         Flat (Brackets M, N, EE, FF)  
12:30 pm         AWARDS CEREMONY FOR BOTH DISCIPLINES and CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND STARTING LINEUPS (TEAM and INDIVIDUAL)
1:30 pm           FLAT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS (TEAM and INDIVIDUAL)
5:30 pm           ***   COLISEUM ARENA   *** CROWNING OF CHAMPIONS CEREMONY (OVERALL TEAMS, BOTH DISCIPLINES AND INDIVIDUALS)

 

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