Equestrian Hosts South Carolina Sunday

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team looks to keep its record unblemished as it hosts South Carolina, the 2007 Varsity Equestrian National Champion, Sunday at Fox Creek Farm beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Kansas State is a perfect, 2-0 on the season after defeating South Dakota State, 11-5, in the season opener on Sept. 29, and Baylor, 14-6, on Oct. 12.


South Carolina heads into Manhattan as the defending overall Varsity Equestrian National Champion, after placing first in the English competition and second overall in Western.


South Carolina is the team to beat in intercollegiate equestrian,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “This should be one of our most exciting competitions this fall. We have worked really hard to prepare for this weekend. Our riders have put in extra time in the saddle and have spent a lot of time getting focused for the upcoming competition.”


The head-to-head match will feature a total of 16 K-State riders in both English and Western styles. English will send seven riders and Western will have nine riders compete.


On the English side, K-State’s squad in Equitation over Fences will include senior Whitney Snyder, 4-0, junior Leslie Yates, 3-1, sophomore Kendall Marvin, 2-1-1 with two MVP awards, sophomore Ashley Collett, 2-0, and sophomore Paige Sullivan.


In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will showcase Snyder, Yates, Marvin and junior Jennifer Giraldin, 2-0. Junior Katie Mellon will complete the Wildcat lineup on the flat, making her varsity equestrian debut. 


“Our riders are where they need to be for this weekend,” Foster said. “We plan to ride strong, smart, and bold to finish with more points at the end of the day.”


In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team will feature sophomore Laura Browne, 2-0, sophomore Courtney Watters, 1-1, junior Jana Lechtenberg, junior Alyssa Freeman, 2-0 in Horsemanship and sophomore Mikaela Sundgren, who is making her varsity debut.


In Reining, K-State will send a young squad of sophomore Morgan Campbell, 1-1with one MVP award, sophomore Dani Pettera, 1-1, sophomore Kaylee Stout, 1-1 with one MVP award in Reining, freshman Alecia Zimbelman, 2-0.


“The girls have been working really hard to get mentally prepared for South Carolina this weekend,” Western head coach Casie Lisabeth said. “We expect South Carolina’s riders to be aggressive and lay everything on the line, so we are going to have to be on top of our game and ride smart. The girls that are competing this weekend look really strong, so I am expecting big performances from everyone.”


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