Equestrian To Close Out Fall In Stillwater

Rachel Webster

Nov. 16, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. -The seventh-ranked Kansas State equestrian team will close out the fall portion of its schedule as it takes on No. 4 Oklahoma State (2-2) Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The Wildcats (2-4) are coming off a tough loss to defending Big 12 champion, Texas A&M, and will look to ride tough against another high-quality conference opponent.

"This weekend is definitely going to be a major challenge for our team but we are fully prepared to take on a tough Oklahoma State team," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "Our team has been working extra hard and fine-tuning things to end the fall semester on a great note, so I am positive we will be able to show that progress this weekend. We are excited to be able to travel so many athletes to compete on the road, which is a rare opportunity and something we are really looking forward to."

In Western, junior Whitney Unkefer will lead the Western squad against the Cowgirls. A Pleasant Valley, Mo., native, Unkefer currently leads K-State in both wins and match-MVP awards, having tallied five wins to go along with three match-MVP awards so far in 2011. Fellow junior Sam Etsell is on a three-match winning streak and will also look to lead the Western team to a win over Oklahoma State.

In English, junior Larissa Laffey and freshman Madison Wayda look to power the K-State Hunt Seat squad this weekend. Both riders are coming off successful duals, as Laffey picked up match-MVP honors for her win over her Texas A&M counterpart, while Wayda notched her fourth win of the season against the Aggies. Sophomore Rachel Webster, who also has four wins on the year, will ride in both English events for the fifth time this season

Saturday's action is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m., from the Animal Science Arena in Stillwater, Okla. Check back with kstatesports.com for information and updates about Saturday's match.

Below is a list of riders that will compete this weekend for K-State.

Equitation Over Fences:
Catherine Avolese
Shana Barnett
Kylie Biebrach
Kate Hennessy
Larissa Laffey
Sarah Mershon

Equitation on the Flat:
Jacquelyn Bogstad
Meredith Finch
Melanie Hinzpeter
Larissa Laffey
Madison Wayda
Rachel Webster

Equitation on the Flat (Exhibition):
Katie DeLano

Kelly Bovaird
Amelia Crites
Chayna DeNicolo
Hannah Ribera
Whitney Unkefer
Rachel Wetherell

Horsemanship (Exhibition):
Kelsey Sousa
Libby Tudor

Jordan Cox
Sam Etsell
Jesse Johnson
Margaret Peine
Emily Stockford
Alayna Warner

Reining (Exhibition):
Savannah Smith