Wildcats Drop Tough Loss in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla.- K-State equestrian dropped a tough competition as the No. 9 Wildcats fell short in the spring opener at Totusek Arena on Saturday afternoon to No. 5 Oklahoma State in a head-to-head battle, 11-6.  

Noteworthy

• Kansas State is now 3-4 on the season, and 1-3 in Big 12 matchups.
• The Wildcats fell just shy in both disciplines against the Cowgirls: Hunt Seat, 6-3, Western, 5-3.
 • Five of the six points came from the upperclassmen leadership in today’s match up.
• K-State registered one Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honor as senior Danielle Kemper captured her first MOP of the season and career in Reining.

Equitation over Fences
• The Cowgirls notched the victory as the Wildcats fell short, 3-1.
• Junior Taylor Schmidt carded a score of 81 to ride past OSU’s Maggie Drysch, 81-80, gaining a point for Kansas State. 
• Schmidt is now 2-6 on the season.                                                               

Equitation on the Flat
• The final score in Equitation on the Flat on Saturday was 3-2, as K-State fell to OSU.
• Junior Gretchen Koenen tailed her fifth win of the season with a win over Amy White, 83-82, and is now 5-2 this season.
• Christina Martinelli is now 6-8 this season as she claimed a title against OSU's Maggie Drysch, 82-77.

Horsemanship
•  The Wildcats came out fighting at the beginning of the day in Horsemanship as they dropped a 3-2 decision.
• Junior Sydney Anson carded a score of 74 to defeat Miranda Reed, 74-67.5, and is now 5-2 on the season.
•  Sophomore Ashley Anderson has been riding extremely well for the Wildcats as she rode past OSU’s, Libby Collins, 72.5-71.5. 

Reining
• The final score in Reining on Saturday was 2-1, as K-State fell to OSU.
• Senior Danielle Kemper clinched her 25th career win and first MOP honor in Reining by riding past OSU’s Justine Peters, 72-71.

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell
• “I am very impressed with how the team performed today. It has been awhile since we were last in the competition arena, but the team had really old confidence and energy against a tough OSU team. Congratulations to OSU for riding really well – it was a tough competition day.”
• “I am extremely happy for Dani Kemper on her reining win and MOP honors today. She has worked hard to transition into reining for us this season and it is great to see her hard work pay off.”

Senior Danielle Kemper
• “I thought today went really well. We all went out there with confidence and rode the horse we had and adjusted well. We had some really great rides, and we are excited to continue working hard for the upcoming meets.”
• “I really liked my ride today. My horse was great and all the pieces just fell together. I am starting to gain confidence in this new event with each ride.”

Coming up Next
• The Kansas State equestrian team will return to the road as they take on No. 2 Georgia, Friday, February 26 and No. 7 Fresno State, Saturday, February 27 in Athens, Georgia.