Equestrian Hosts Aggies in Home Opener

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team will hold its first home show of the fall season at Fox Creek Farms on Friday as the Texas A&M Aggies visit Manhattan. The show is set to begin at 9 a.m.

After two tough losses to nationally-ranked Georgia and South Carolina to start the season, the Wildcats look to get their first win of the season against one of their Big 12 rivals in the Aggies.

The Western team, coming off a tough 7-3 loss against Georgia, will be led in Horsemanship this weekend by senior Alyssa Freeman along with senior Jana Lechtenberg, junior Laura Browne, junior Courtney Watters, and junior Mikaela Sundgren. Freeman is 2-0 so far this season, while Brown and Lechtenberg each picked up wins during the opening weekend of the season.

In Reining, K-State will display several different riders, including junior Kaylee Stout, junior Dani Pettera, sophomore Alecia Zimbelman, who was victorious against Georgia, junior Morgan Campbell, and Freeman.

“I am really anxious for our first home competition,” said Casie Williamson, Western head coach. “Starting the season away from home is always stressful, but we have been home working hard on our mistakes to prepare for Texas A&M. All he riders are going to have to pull out strong rides and really put everything on the line this weekend.”

Senior Whitney Snyder will lead the Wildcats on the English side in Equitation over Fences. She, along with junior Ashley Collett, junior Kendall Marvin, senior Leslie Yates, and junior Paige Sullivan will ride with hopes of getting their first win of the season. Collett earned MVP honors against Georgia two weeks ago, while Yates and Snyder also picked up victories during the first weekend of action.

On the other side of the English division, in Equitation on the Flat, senior Jenny Giraldin, senior Katie Mellon and freshman Stephanie Patterson will join Snyder and Yates. Patterson picked up her first career win at Georgia two weeks ago.

“It will be very exciting to host a horse show this Friday,” said Ashley Foster, Hunter Seat head coach.“ We are really anxious to compete against Texas A&M. They are a very strong team and it will be good to ride against them early in the season. Our riders have been practicing hard and are ready to compete. We need to stay strong mentally in order to be able to pull out a win. I have confidence that we will be able to stay strong.”

K-State will also feature several exhibition riders, both in English and Western competition. Riders on the Western side will include senior Caley Coffey, sophomore Sierra Fredrick, senior Hayley Milch, and junior Josie Kness. Fredrick and Kness will compete against each other in the Horsemanship category.

In English competition, K-State’s exhibition riders will display a variety of experience, including junior Bridget Doyle, sophomore Jen Rawle, senior Katie Mellon, freshman Ellesse Tzinberg, senior Paige Kovari, and junior Jessica Hensley.

Texas A&M finished the season last year with a 10-4 overall record in the regular season and a second place finish in the Hunter Seat division at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships. With the Aggies coming off a 15-5 win over Fresno State in their first show of the season, the Wildcats view the weekend as a challenge but a great opportunity as they get back in the saddle at home.

Results from Friday’s show will be updated as they become available.

K-State’s line-up against Texas A&M is as follows:


Alyssa Freeman
Laura Browne
Courtney Watters
Jana Lechtenberg
Mikaela Sundgren

Exhibition Horsemanship:
Caley Coffey
Hayley Milch
Sierra Fredrick
Josie Kness

Kaylee Stout
Morgan Campbell
Alecia Zimbelman
Alyssa Freeman
Dani Pettera


Equitation over Fences:
Ashley Collett
Paige Sullivan
Kendall Marvin
Leslie Yates
Whitney Snyder

Exhibition Fences:
Bridget Doyle
Jen Rawle
Katie Mellon

Equitation on the Flat:
Jenny Giraldin
Katie Mellon
Stephanie Patterson
Leslie Yates
Whitney Snyder

Exhibition Flat:
Ellesse Tzinberg
Paige Kovari
Jessica Hensley