Equestrian Rolls in Season Opener

BROOKINGS, S.D. Behind a stellar MVP performance by Kendall Marvin, the Kansas State equestrian team defeated South Dakota State 11-5 in the first competition of the season Saturday at the Swiftel Center.


Kansas State took an early lead in the English portion of the show with a 6-1-1 win. The Wildcats cruised to the win with victories in both Equitation over Fences, 3-1, and Equitation on the Flat, 3-0-1.


The Wildcats continued their success in the Western portion of the show with a win in Horsemanship, 3-2, and a tie in Reining, 2-2.


"Today was a great start to the season. We had some challenging horses and all of our riders adjusted very well,” English coach Ashley Foster said. “This season we will rely heavily on the five riders who competed today.  It’s great that they all started the season riding so strong. We have some things to go home and work on, but our season is off to an exciting start."


Sophomore Kendall Marvin captured two MVP honors in Equitation over Fences, with a score of 82 and Equitation on the Flat scoring a 75. Sophomore Laura Browne also took home an MVP in Horsemanship with her score of 70.5. The final MVP award was earned by K-State sophomore Morgan Campbell with her score of 70 in Reining.


“I am really proud of how all the girls rode today,” Western coach Casie Williamson said. “We rode some tough horses and everyone produced a very positive ride. All the girls rode very smart and clean, now we just need to go home and clean a few things up. It's a great feeling to pull out all 4 MVP's and we will be in a great place going into the first home competition."


Saturday’s show also featured the debut of two Kansas State riders. Junior Alyssa Freeman picked up a win in Horsemanship with a score of 72.5 and freshman Alecia Zimbelman earned her first win in Reining with a score of 68.5.


Senior Whitney Snyder provided K-State with a spark as she won both of her rides with a win in Equitation over Fences with a score of 78, and Equitation on the Flat, scoring 74.


The Wildcats’ next competition will take place Friday Oct., 12 at Fox Creek Stables for the home opener against Baylor.


Kansas State 11, South Dakota State, 5

September 29, 2007

Swiftel Center

Brookings, S.D.


English Results


Equitation over Fences

Leslie Yates 75 vs. Marian Michalson 76
Kendall Marvin 82 vs. Melissa Zajac 72
Whitney Snyder 78 vs. Leslie Sauter 70
Ashley Collett 80 vs. Sara Stirton 69

MVP- Kendall Marvin (KSU)


Equitation on the Flat

Jenny Giraldin 72 vs. Lindsey Harr 70
Leslie Yates 72 vs. Kristen Carlson 67
Whitney Snyder 74 vs. Allison Carie 67
Kendall Marvin 75 vs. Ashley Marrin 75

KSU 3-SDSU 0 Tie 1
MVP-Kendall Marvin


 Western Results



Jana Lechtenberg 72 vs. Kelsey Likness 66.5
Courtney Watters 71.5 vs. Jordanne Blair 72
Alyssa Freeman 72.5 vs. Abby Knobbe 71.5
Lindsey Salsbury 68 vs. Molly Seidel 70
Laura Browne 70.5 vs. Kaylee Mundwiler 59.5

MVP-Laura Browne (KSU)



Alecia Zimbelman 68.5 vs. Lydia Plazcek 65
Dani Pettera 72.5 vs. Lacey Vernon 72
Kaylee Stout 66 vs. Abbey Knobbe 69.5
Morgan Campbell 70 vs. Angie Gebhart 70.5

-Morgan Campbell (KSU)