Wildcat Equestrian Comes Up Short

MANHATTAN, Kan. Although bringing home three MVP honors, the Kansas State equestrian team tied Baylor on Friday, 10-10, but later lost the tiebreaker, 1294-1269.5, at Fox Creek Farm. The Western squad defeated the Bears, 6-4, but the Hunter Seat squad lost, 6-4. Friday’s loss gives the Wildcats an overall record of 0-4 on the season, and is the second loss of the season due to a tiebreaker.


The tie breaker is determined by compiling all the raw scores and dropping the lowest from each category.


Senior Whitney Snyder brought home MVP honors on the Flat, senior Jana Lechtenberg picked up her first MVP honor of her senior year in the Horsemanship category, and sophomore Alecia Zimbelman picked up her first as well in the Reining category.


In Horsemanship, senior Jana Lechtenberg led the squad by defeating Nicole McCoy, 72-63.5. Junior Mikaela Sundgren also picked up a big win by defeating Lindsey Tomko, 69-67.5, and Alyssa Freeman brought home a victory and defeated Lindsey Douglas, 72.5-67.


In the reining category, K-State was led by sophomore Alecia Zimbelman, who picked up a close win against Madelyn Mooney, 67.5-67. Junior’s Morgan Campbell and Kaylee Stout helped the Western team to a victory by picking up wins as well.


“I was proud of the girls today for pulling together for their first solid win,” said Casie Williamson, head Western coach. “We are glad to have some time off before our next competition so we can get back to basics and clean things up a bit. Overall, everyone rode extremely well and we are making less and less mistakes in the arena. Jana and Alecia were outstanding today. It was great for each of them to get a really solid ride underneath themselves and shine through."


In exhibition competition, the Wildcats had a solid day in both English and Western competition by defeating the Bears with an overall score of 9-3.


Senior Whitney Snyder gave the Wildcats two great rides in English competition, both on the Flat and over Fences. She defeated Heather Healy, 83-77, over Fences and Shelby White, 77-69, on the Flat. Snyder was the lone winner for Kansas State in Equitation over Fences competition.


Other riders picking up wins on the flat were senior Katie Mellon and freshman Ellesse Tzinberg. Tzinberg competed in her first varsity competition at Kansas State Friday, and rode home with a victory against Cara Wilson, 68-58.


“Today was a difficult day for us,” said Ashley Foster, Hunter Seat head coach. “We had some good individual rides but really must find out how to put things together as a team. Overall, we were inconsistent and sloppy. We need to be consistent and precise in order to win. We have over three weeks until our next competition, and will be working a lot on basics in order to return to riding like we did against Texas A & M.”


Kansas State is still in hopes of picking up their first win of the season. The next event for the Wildcats will be the IHSA Hunt Seat Shows on November 1st. The show is set to begin at 8 a.m. at Fox Creek Farm.


Following are results from Friday’s competition, KSU vs. Baylor:


Equitation over Fences
Ashley Collett 79 vs Lisa Goldman 82
Kendall Marvin 40 vs Nicole Brown 78
Paige Sullivan 78 vs Kendra Vicary 85
Whitney Snyder 83 vs Heather Healy 77

Katie Mellon 60 vs Kara Fergusson 79

Total: KSU 1-Baylor 4

MVP: Kendra Vicary, Baylor

Exhibition Equitation over Fences
Jen Rawle 74 vs Amanda Miller 40
Kate Hennessy 86 vs Anna Banks 88
Kayla Potter 72 vs Kelsey Ehlers 80
Elizabeth Godfrey 68 vs Kaylin Enright 65

Total: KSU 2-Baylor 2

Equitation on the Flat
Jenny Giraldin 67 vs Heather Healy 74
Katie Mellon 69 vs Mary Smitson 64
Ellesse Tzinberg 68 vs Cara Wilson 58
Stephanie Patterson 63 vs Margaret Beaudoin 70
Whitney Snyder 77 vs Shelby White 69
            Total: KSU 3-Baylor 2

MVP: Whitney Snyder, KSU



Exhibition Equitation on the Flat
Dresden Sommer 59 vs Faith Morris 0
Paige Kovari 66 vs Kara Fergusson 35
Erin Paulsen 68 vs Lauren Purkey 56
Jessica Hensley 51 vs Kelly Albury 0

Total: KSU 4- Baylor 0


English Total: KSU 4-Baylor 6


Alecia Zimbelman 67.5 vs Madelyn Mooney 67
Morgan Campbell 70.5 vs Kim Marlowe 70
Alyssa Freeman 66.5 vs Valtie Riddle 68
Dani Pettera 0 vs Katie Buss 66.5
Kaylee Stout 68.5 vs Amber Mooney 66.5
            Total: KSU 3-Baylor 2

            MVP: Alecia Zimbelman, KSU


Alyssa Freeman 72.5 vs Lindsey Douglas 67
Laura Browne 66.5 vs Meghan Murphy 71.5
Courtney Watters 71.5 vs Allison Orosz 72
Jana Lechtenberg 73 vs Nicole McCoy 62.5
Mikaela Sundgren 69 vs Lindsey Tomko 67.5

            Total: KSU 3-Baylor 2

            MVP: Jana Lechtenberg, KSU

Exhibition Horsemanship
Caley Coffey 67 vs Elizabeth Smith 63.5
Erica Mackiewicz 68 vs Suzanna Nelson 68.5
Josie Kness 70.5 vs Brittani Purnell 59.5
Nicole Keenan 69 vs Anna Bowers 66.5

            Total: KSU 3- Baylor 1


Western Total: KSU 6-Baylor 4



Overall Total: KSU 10-Baylor 10

                       Tiebreaker: KSU 1269.5-Baylor 1294