Wildcats Take on Aggies Friday

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team looks to maintain its perfect record in Varsity competition as it hosts undefeated Texas A&M Friday at Fox Creek Farm beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Kansas State is 3-0 on the season after defeating the defending Varsity Equestrian National Champions, South Carolina, 13-7, on Oct. 28.


The Aggies head into competition with a 5-0 record on the season and are hot off of an 8-3 victory over SMU.


“This weekend will be a good test for everyone on the team,” Western head coach Casie Lisabeth said. “We expect Texas A&M to come in confident and ready to win, so we will have to work hard to stay one step ahead of them.”


The head-to-head match will feature a total of 29 K-State riders in both English and Western styles. English will send 15 riders and Western will have 14 riders compete.


“We are looking forward to hosting Texas A&M this weekend,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “We had a few mistakes against South Carolina and we have been working hard to fix those mistakes. We plan to come out strong in fences and not look back.”


On the English side, K-State’s squad in Equitation over Fences will include senior Whitney Snyder, who is 5-1 on the season, junior Leslie Yates, who is 4-2, sophomore Kendall Marvin, 3-2-1 with two MVP awards, sophomore Bridget Doyle, who will earn her first start of the season, and sophomore Paige Sullivan.


In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will showcase Snyder, Yates, Marvin, junior Katie Mellon and junior Jennifer Giraldin, who is 2-1.


“I am counting on everyone to be on top of their game and lay it all on the line. Everyone has been riding great this year, so I would like to see them continue doing what they are doing and pull out a win,” Lisabeth said.


In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team will feature sophomore Laura Browne, 3-0, sophomore Courtney Watters, 2-1, junior Jana Lechtenberg, 2-1 with one MVP award, junior Alyssa Freeman, 4-1 and senior Lindsey Salsbury 1-1.


K-State’s Reining squad, which went a perfect 5-0 against South Carolina, will send a squad of  sophomore Morgan Campbell, 2-1with one MVP award, sophomore Dani Pettera, 2-1 with one MVP award, sophomore Kaylee Stout, 2-1 with one MVP award in Reining, and freshman Alecia Zimbelman, 3-0.


“We also will get to show a lot of new members competing for the first time this Friday, so it will be exciting to see how everyone rides,” Foster said.


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