Equestrian Prepares for Home Opener against Baylor

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team will host its first competition this Friday as it takes on Baylor in a head-to-head competition at Fox Creek Farm beginning at 10 a.m.


“The entire team is looking forward to our home opener this weekend against Baylor,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “Last week the Hunter Seat team was incredibly strong in all of our practices. We plan to carry that focus through this week to pull out a win against Baylor.”


The head-to-head match will feature a total of 38 K-State riders in both English and Western styles. English will send 18 riders and Western will have 20 riders compete.


On the English side, K-State’s roster in Equitation over Fences will include senior Whitney Snyder, who went 2-0 last week against South Dakota State, junior Leslie Yates, who won her match last weekend against SDSU, sophomore Kendall Marvin, who collected two MVP awards last weekend, sophomore Ashley Collett, who also went 1-0 last weekend and sophomore Paige Sullivan who is making her first appearance of the season.


In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will feature Snyder, Yates, Marvin, and junior Jennifer Giraldin, who also collected a 1-0 record last week.  Freshman Julie Wolfert will complete the Wildcat lineup on the flat, making her varsity equestrian debut. 


In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team will feature sophomore Laura Browne, who collected her first win of the season last week and earned her first MVP of the season against SDSU, senior Lindsey Salsbury, sophomore Courtney Watters, junior Jana Lechtenberg, who is 1-0 on the season and freshman Alyssa Freeman, who went 1-0 last week in her Wildcat debut.


In Reining, K-State will send a solid squad of sophomore Morgan Campbell, who earned the reining MVP award against SDSU, sophomore Dani Pettera, who won her match last weekend, sophomore Kaylee Stout, freshman Alecia Zimbelman, who also picked up her first win at K-State against SDSU, and Alyssa Freeman, who will show in varsity reining for the first time.  


“Baylor was a huge competitor for us last year and we are looking forward to opening our home season against them,” Western head coach Casie Williamson said. “We came home from our first competition and worked hard on our mistakes, so we will be anxious to see where we stand this weekend. This will be a great opportunity to show a lot of people on our team and give some more athletes a feel for the Varsity format.”


This weekend’s show will also feature riders performing in JV classes, including in Equitation over Fences junior Christine Fosnacht, junior Paige Kovari and sophomore Bridget Doyle. In the Ancillary Equitation over Fences portion of the show K-State will ride junior Hannah Schroller, junior Dresden Sommer, senior Juliann Todd, sophomore Kayla Potter and sophomore Liz Godfrey.


In JV Equitation on the flat riding for K-State is sophomore Jessica Hensley, junior Katie Mellon and senior Lindsay Cook.


In Western, JV Reining will include junior Caley Coffey, sophomore Dana Johnson and Salsbury. In JV Horsemanship K-State will compete with sophomore Mikaela Sundgren, sophomore Josie Kness and senior Sarah Jackson.


The final competition of the weekend will feature Ancillary Horsemanship and will showcase sophomore Kyla Copple, junior Alden Haugh, senior Emily Wolfe, sophomore Nicole Keenan and senior Leanne Thompson.


In K-State’s first match of the season last Saturday, the Wildcats defeated South Dakota State,

11-5, in Brookings, S.D.


Results from the show will be available online at kstatesports.com as they become available.