Equestrian Comes Up Short Against No. 5 OSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. Whitney Snyder brought home two wins, and three Wildcat riders earned MVP honors on Friday, but the Kansas State equestrian team lost its final home show of the fall semester, 13-7, to No. 5 Oklahoma State, at Fox Creek Farm.


Senior Katie Mellon won MVP honors in Equitation over Fences, junior Laura Browne in Horsemanship, and sophomore Alecia Zimbelman in Reining.


Although the scores may not show it, both Wildcat squads had solid performances against Oklahoma State. The Western squad lost to the Cowgirls, 7-3, while the Hunter Seat squad lost 6-4.


On the Western side, Browne was the lone winner in Horsemanship after defeating Margaux Tucker, 75-71. Zimbelman and junior Morgan Campbell both picked up wins for K-State in Reining. Zimbelman defeated Jacque Roberts, 68-57, while Campbell put down Rachell Shobe, 69.5-67.5.


“I was really proud of our MVP riders today,” said Casie Williamson, Western head coach. “Alecia Zimbelman really showed off everything we have been working on in practice and it paid off. Laura Browne was able to get a strong connection with her horse and executed great showmanship the entire ride. Both of those girls hard work really paid off in the show pen today. As for the rest of the riders, today just wasn't our day. We keep getting better and better in the practice pen, but we haven't been able to take into the competition arena. We will continue to work hard over the break and hope we can strengthen our record in the spring.”


In Equitation over Fences, three Wildcat riders picked up wins. Mellon defeated Jaclyn Osterstock in a close battle, 74-72, while Snyder picked up another win on the season by defeating Erin Prutow, 78-73, and junior Ashley Collett defeated Devon Smithburg, 77-71, to pick up her third win of the fall semester.


In Equitation on the Flat, Snyder brought home her second win of the day by knocking off Jen McLaughlin, 68.5-63.5. She was lone winner on the flat for K-State.


Several riders showed for the Wildcats in Exhibition competition, but only two riders brought home wins. Junior Bridget Doyle defeated Erin Arnold by a large margin, 78-42, over fences, and junior Josie Kness picked up a win by defeating Lauren Huffaker, 73-66.5.


Kansas State’s next competition will be on January 31, 2009 against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Following are complete results from Friday’s competition, KSU vs. Oklahoma State:


Equitation on the Flat:

Leslie Yates 73.5 vs Ally Blais 74.5

Whitney Snyder 68.5 vs Jen McLaughlin 63.5

Katie Mellon 64.5 vs Charlotte Collingsworth 69

Jenny Giraldin 78 vs Sarah Summers 80.5

Stephanie Patterson 61 vs Sam Collingsworth 66


            Total: KSU 1-OSU 4

            MVP: Sarah Summers, OSU


Equitation over Fences:

Ashley Collett 77 vs Devon Smithburg 71

Kendall Marvin 75 vs Alice White 80

Whitney Snyder 78 vs Erin Prutow 73

Katie Mellon 74 vs Jaclyn Osterstock 72

Leslie Yates 75 vs Ally Blais 81


            Total: KSU 3-OSU 2

            MVP: Katie Mellon, KSU


Hunter Seat Total: KSU 4-OSU 6



Laura Browne 75 vs Margaux Tucker 71

Jana Lechtenberg 70.5 vs Suzanne Randolph 74

Mikaela Sundgren 70 vs Jordan Pickelman 73

Alyssa Freeman 72 vs Nichole Chirico 72.5

Courtney Watters 73 vs Courtney Whitacre 74


Total: KSU 1-OSU 4

            MVP: Laura Browne, KSU



Kaylee Stout 69 vs Leah Kuehn 69.5

Alecia Zimbelman 68 vs Jacque Roberts 57

Dani Pettera 66.5 vs Molly Tipton 69.5

Alyssa Freeman 66.5 vs Bri Parnell 68

Morgan Campbell 69.5 vs Rachell Shobe 67.5


            Total: KSU 2-Texas A&M 3

            MVP: Alecia Zimbelman, KSU


Western Total: KSU 3-OSU 7


Overall Total: KSU 7-Texas A&M 13



Exhibition Results:


Equitation on the Flat:

Wendy Wert 51.5 vs Jaclyn Osterstock 69

Erin Paulsen 71 vs Sarah Brown 76

Dresden Sommer 62 vs Jordan White 64

Natasha Vincent 63 vs Jessie Brothers 71


Equitation over Fences:

Bridget Doyle 78 vs Erin Arnold 42

Jenn Rawle 68 vs Jordan White 75

Liz Godfrey 50 vs Kaili Nix 72
Kate Hennessy 79 vs Sarah Brown 82



Erica Mackiewicz 66 vs Mami Tomlin 74

Hayley Milch 66.5 vs Kilee Stewart 73

Josie Kness 73 vs Lauren Huffaker 66.5

Sierra Fredrick 68.5 vs Leigha Stevenson 71


Total Exhibition: KSU 2-OSU 10

MVP: Mami Tomlin, OSU