Equestrian Set To Take On South Carolina

Chayna DeNicolo will lead the 'Cats against South Carolina.

Oct. 25, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - One week after breaking in its new home facility with a nail-biting win, the Kansas State equestrian team will face South Carolina at Timbercreek Stables this Friday, October 29.

The Wildcats (3-2), who rose above the .500 mark with a victory on a raw-point tiebreaker over Big 12 foe Baylor, looks to continue the success they had last week over the Bears, as they ride against the Gamecocks.

Head coach Casie Lisabeth is excited to see how her team will react after a tough win over a conference opponent.

"We are looking forward to another great home competition and building even more on the great momentum that this team has established this season," said Lisabeth. "They have been working really hard in practice to address the weaknesses we had in the last competition and we expect they will settle in the more and more they enter the arena this season."

South Carolina (2-2) has started off the 2010-11 season by dropping matches to Auburn and Georgia but evening its record with wins over South Dakota State and SMU, mirroring Kansas State's early season results.

On the Hunter Seat side, the Wildcats will be led by junior Stephanie Patterson and sophomore Larissa Laffey. Both riders have begun the season with a 4-1 record, with Patterson taking home a pair of match MVP awards against Georgia and Baylor.

The Western squad will be led into action by freshmen Kelly Bovaird and Chayna DeNicolo. Both riders have started the 2010-11 season with matching 3-1 records in the Horsemanship discipline.

The competition will begin at 10 a.m., on Friday at Timbercreek Stables. Admission is free to the public.

Below is a list of Kansas State riders that will be competing against South Carolina.

Equitation over Fences:                                                                        
Catherine Avolese
Shana Barnett
Larissa Laffey
Sarah Mershon
Kali Yates

Equitation over Fences (Exhibition):
Soffia Farrall da Cruz
Jen Rawle

Equitation on the Flat:
Jacquelyn Bogstad
Meredith Finch
Larissa Laffey
Stephanie Patterson
Rachel Webster

Equitation on the Flat (Exhibition):
Melanie Hinzpeter                                                         
Natasha Vincent
Sam Etsell
Alecia Zimbelman
Alayna Warner
Jordan Cox
Kayla Hatfield

Chayna DeNicolo
Hannah Ribera
Rachel Wetherell
Kelly Bovaird
Whitney Unkefer
Horsemanship (Exhibition):
McKenzie True                                                              
Tiana Shelton

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