No. 8 Equestrian Hosts Final Show of Fall Semester

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Oklahoma State Cowgirls will head to Fox Creek Farm to take on the Kansas State equestrian team this Friday in the Wildcats’ final show of the fall semester. The show is set to begin at 11 a.m.

 

Kansas State holds a 2-4 record and is ranked No. 8 in the country in the latest Varsity Equestrian National Coaches Poll, while the Cowgirls are 3-2 on the year and are No. 5 in the country.

 

Kansas State has fought through a challenging schedule this semester, as its first two shows were against No. 2 Georgia and No. 9 South Carolina. UGA and USC started off the season at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. The Wildcats have also competed against No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 4 Baylor this semester and are coming off two huge wins after defeating Delaware State and Tennessee-Martin in two consecutive shows last weekend.

 

“Heading into our last show of the semester, we are ready to fight for a win,” said Ashley Foster, Hunter Seat head coach. “Beating OSU will take strong performances from all of our riders. However, we are prepared and are anxious to face the Cowgirls.”

 

Numerous Wildcat riders have earned MVP awards for the fall semester. Snyder leads the team with two MVPs, while Ashley Collett, Alyssa Freeman, Courtney Watters, Jana Lechtenberg, Alecia Zimbelman, Leslie Yates, and Mikaela Sundgren all hold one.

 

The Wildcats have a long history with the Cowgirls as the two teams squared off four times a year ago. Last season, after a tough spring-opening loss to the Cowgirls on the road, the Wildcat squad pulled together to defeat Oklahoma State at home. The Western team tied with OSU, 5-5, and the Hunter Seat team won, 5-4, giving Kansas State the overall edge, 10-9.

 

Oklahoma State also defeated Kansas State, 8-7, in day one of the Central Championships last season. The Cowgirls went on to win the Central Championships at Fox Creek Farm, while the Wildcats brought home third place. Zimbelman and Freeman then helped the Western squad defeat the Cowgirls, 6-1, to take third place in the Western division of the Varsity Equestrian National Championships.

 

The riders know just how difficult it will be to compete with a team like Oklahoma State and expect a competitive test on Friday.

 

“Last weekend was a big confidence booster for our team,” said Casie Williamson, Western head coach. “We needed a big, solid win going into this weekend and we got it. We know we are going to have to work extremely hard to iron out the kinks and clean up our work before OSU. They are a tough team and this weekend will give us a great idea of what we need to work on for next semester.”

 

Complete results will be posted at kstatesports.com as soon as they become available.

 

 

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