Dysart Named Finalist at IHSA Championships

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Valerie Dysart ended her senior season on a high note as she was named a finalist at today's IHSA National Championships in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dysart, a senior from Netawaka, Kan., placed in the top of her class among 12 riders.

"It is such an honor to have made it this far," said Dysart. "This whole experience has been wonderful and I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my senior year. Today I just drew a difficult horse, however, I think I handled it pretty well. Overall I am very pleased with my ride and experience."

Dysart placed first among 14 riders in her class at the 2009 IHSA Semifinals to qualify for nationals. She initially qualified for regional competition back on February 28 with two wins at K-State’s IHSA Western show and then followed that performance with a second-place finish in Intermediate Horsemanship at the regional show in Springfield, Mo.


Head Western coach Casie Williamson was pleased with how Dysart prepared herself for today's competition and how she continued to excel at the collegiate level.


"She was well prepared and looked great on the rail," said Williamson. "Unfortunately, she had one of the toughest horses in the class and that's always frustrating. I am thrilled for her making it this far her senior year and getting to go out on such a strong note. Her dedication to improving her riding is obvious in the practice and show pen, and I am so glad to have been a part of this experience with her."