Equestrian To Face Tough Road Test

Kelly Bovaird

Oct. 19, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan.- The seventh-ranked Kansas State equestrian team will look to shake off its first loss of the season, as it heads southeast to face a trio of nationally-ranked squads in Auburn, Georgia and TCU. On Friday, K-State (1-1) will ride against the nation's top-ranked team, Auburn (3-0) in Auburn, Ala., before traveling to Athens, Ga., on Saturday to face third-ranked Georgia (0-1) and ninth-ranked TCU (0-3).

While the Wildcats have not had their share of success against Auburn and Georgia in the past two years, K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth is excited about the opportunities that her team will face this weekend.

"We are really looking forward to going away from home and competing on horses we are less familiar with to test what we have been working on in practice," said Lisabeth. "This weekend is going to be extremely challenging for our team as we go up against three very tough teams. Sometimes getting away from what you are familiar with helps our athletes to enter the arena with more confidence as they do not have an expectation for their horses and we hope that is the case this weekend."

In Hunt Seat, juniors Meredith Finch and Kali Yates and sophomore Rachel Webster will lead the charge for the Wildcats this weekend. All three riders are currently undefeated and have received match-MVP award this season. Yates and Webster are scheduled to ride in both English events this weekend.

In Western, K-State will look to a stable of riders who have yet to drop a match this season. Senior Alayna Warner, juniors Whitney Unkefer and Hannah Ribera and sophomore Kelly Bovaird are all a perfect 2-0 for 2011 and will hope to keep an unblemished mark at this weekend's duals.
Friday's match against Auburn will begin at 3 p.m., CT. The dual against Georgia on Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the match against TCU to follow at 1:15 p.m. Below is a list of riders that will compete for K-State this weekend.

Check back to kstatesports.com for recaps and updates from this weekend's competitions as they are made available.

Hunter Seat
Catherine Avolese
Shana Barnett
Jacquelyn Bogstad
Meredith Finch
Kate Hennessy
Melanie Hinzpeter
Larissa Laffey
Sarah Mershon
Madison Wayda
Rachel Webster
Kali Yates

Kelly Bovaird
Jordan Cox
Amelia Crites
Chayna DeNicolo
Sam Etsell
Jesse Johnson
Margaret Peine
Hannah Ribera
Kelsey Sousa
Emily Stockford
Whitney Unkefer
Alayna Warner
Rachel Wetherell

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