No. 5 K-State to Host No. 9 NMSU, SDSU


MANHATTAN, Kan. – With spirits high coming off a victory over the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, the No. 5 Kansas State equestrian team hosts No. 9 New Mexico State on Thursday at 2:30 p.m., and South Dakota State on Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. Both competitions will be contested at Timbercreek Stables. Admission to the meets are free and open to the public.

“We are looking forward to building off the momentum from last weekend and continuing to prove ourselves in the arena this weekend,” said Head Coach Casie Maxwell. “It is tough on the team and the horses to host three meets, but they are excited to host and hopefully continue on their home win streak.”

In the 2012-13 season, the Wildcats defeated the Aggies in Las Cruces, N.M., 12-3. The last run in with the Jackrabbits, the Wildcats took home another victory by a score of 10-9.

The Hunter Seat team will be led by senior captain Madison Wayda and sophomore Henley Adkins. Adkins’ performance against South Carolina earned her fifth Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) Award in her career. Both individuals are key components to the Hunter Seat team so far this season. 

In Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat, sophomores Alexis Graves and Taylor Schmidt, as well as freshman Molly Dunn all picked up their first season victory this past weekend and hope to have the chance to make an impact to help carry the team in the meets on Thursday and Friday along with sophomore Christina Martinelli.

Senior captain Savannah Smith and junior captain Danielle Kemper led a diverse Western team to a 5-3 victory over the Gamecocks as both collected their first victories of the season.

In Horsemanship, aside from Kemper, the Wildcats will have lone senior Kelsey Sousa available as well as sophomores Alyssa Lombardi, Kelsey Karanges and Sydney Anson. Freshman Kristen Chamberland will make her season debut on Thursday against the Aggies.

In Reining, K-State will look to Smith to lead the squad. Junior Kara Guy and Nicholle Hatton, who picked up her first career MOP honor against the Gamecocks, will look to contribute positive results to the lineup this week. Freshmen Brynn Critcher and Heidi Schmitz will look to pick up their first personal wins as a Wildcat.

Live updates for the match against South Carolina can be found on K-State’s Gameday Twitter account, @kstate_gameday.

K-State vs. NMSU – THURSDAY

Fences:
Henley Adkins
Molly Dunn
Alexis Graves
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda 

Flat:
Henley Adkins
Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda

Horsemanship:
Sydney Anson
Kristen Chamberland
Alyssa Lombardi
Danielle Kemper
Kelsey Sousa

Reining:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Heidi Schmitz
Savannah Smith

K-State vs. SDSU – FRIDAY

Fences:
Henley Adkins
Alexis Graves
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda

Flat:
Henley Adkins
Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
Madison Wayda

Horsemanship:
Sydney Anson
Alyssa Lombardi
Kelsey Karanges
Danielle Kemper
Kelsey Sousa

Reining:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Heidi Schmitz
Savannah Smith