Equestrian Hosts IHSA Hunt Seat Show Saturday

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team will host an IHSA Hunt Seat show this Saturday featuring 12 other schools at Fox Creek Farm beginning at 8 a.m.


“This weekend will be a great opportunity to get almost everyone on the Hunter Seat team in the show pen,” assistant coach Casey Finnell said.


Saturday’s match will feature a total of 32 K-State riders. The show will showcase a morning and afternoon show with eight different classes in each show including Open Flat, Intermediate Flat, Novice Flat, Advanced Walk Trot Canter, Beginner Walk Trot Canter, Open Fence, Intermediate Fences and Novice Fences.


K-State will be competing with some top notch Hunt Seat schools including Washington University, Iowa State, Illinois State, Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Illinois Wesleyan, Northern Illinois, Missouri State, Northwestern University, Truman State, St. Louis University, University of Kansas and Augustana College.


“A lot of girls will be showing for the first time, so this weekend will be a good chance for them to get a feel for showing an unfamiliar horse,” Finnell said. “Everyone has been practicing hard and riding strong, so we are expecting great performances from everyone.”


This weekend’s show marks the debut for many K-State freshmen riders. The following riders will make their first appearance in the ring: freshman Rebecca Wilt in Novice Flat, freshman Jennifer Wright in Open Fences, freshman Christina Costello in Intermediate Fecnces, freshman Jennifer Rawle in Intermediate Fences, freshman Maggie Marolda in Novice Fences and freshman Soffia Farral da Cruz in Novice Fences.


Many riders this weekend will be competing for a spot to qualify for IHSA Regionals. To qualify, riders must earn 35 points in their respective divisions, which are based on showing and riding experience outside of the collegiate arena. 


Once qualified for Regionals, riders must place in the top two spots at Regionals to advance to Zones. At Zones, riders again must place in the top two to gain a spot at IHSA Nationals.


K-State’s varsity squad represents a perfect 2-0 record and returns to action Sunday Oct. 28, against South Carolina in a home head-to-head match at Fox Creek Farm.


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