Equestrian Gearing Up for 2008-09 Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team is looking forward to the 2008-2009 season and will get a solid test right out of the gate as it will begin the season with road competitions against each of the last two national champions, South Carolina and Georgia, beginning next week.


The team, which lost 13 seniors from a year ago, also returns a wealth of experience as well as welcoming 14 new riders, including seven recruits and seven walk-ons. Eight of the newcomers will compete in English competition and six in Western competition.


“We are looking forward to seeing how our new hunter seat riders will contribute to the team this year,” said Hunter Seat coach Ashley Foster. “We were lucky enough to sign some strong riders.  We have two international riders who will be great additions to our roster. Our freshmen class includes riders from Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Canada, and Malaysia and we are hopeful that these riders will have a big impact while they are members of our team. They all bring with them a wealth of show experience which varies from showing in the hunters to showing in FEI level competitions. We held tryouts two weeks ago and have been hard at work to prepare for our first competition.”


The Western squad is looking to build on its third place finish at the Varsity National Championships in 2008 as it looks to mesh in several newcomers amongst a solid foundation of returners.


“This year’s incoming class has a really strong foundation and they are really anxious to get involved with the team,“ said Western coach Casie Williamson. “All of the new athletes are so enthusiastic, and I am looking forward to helping further their riding skills.”


Following the road trips to South Carolina and Georgia next weekend, Kansas State will host six home shows at Fox Creek Farm to wrap up the fall season.