Wildcats Find Win on the Road

ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 10 K-State equestrian team faced a tough double header on Friday at the University of Georgia Equestrian Complex, as the Wildcats began the day falling to No. 2 Georgia, 15-4 but in the second matchup of the day, defeated No. 8 Fresno State, 8-7.

Noteworthy
• Kansas State is now 4-5 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 action. 
• Against UGA, the Wildcats fell shy in both disciplines: Hunt Seat, 8-1, and Western, 7-3.
• In the head-to-head battle with FSU, the Wildcats clinched the victory in Hunt Seat, 5-2, but fell short in Western, 5-3.
• The Wildcats took home one of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors against UGA: in Reining by sophomore Kali Retzler. 
• K-State took home two of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors against FSU: in Equitation over Fences sophomore Molly Dunn and in Horsemanship senior Danielle Kemper. 

Georgia Results

Equitation over Fences
• The Bulldogs notched the victory as the Wildcats fell short, 4-0. 

Equitation on the Flat
• K-State battled hard in the discipline but fell to Georgia, 3-1.
• Junior Christina Martinelli edged past Alex Maracic of UGA, 78-77, for the Wildcats' lone point. 

Horsemanship
• The Wildcats came out fighting at the beginning of the day in Horsemanship as they dropped a 4-1 decision in favor of the Bulldogs.
• Junior Sydney Anson picked up a point for the Wildcats in the head-to-head battle between Georgia's Graysen Stroud to give the Wildcats a point with a 70.5-69.5 victory.   

Reining
• The final score in Reining Friday was 3-2, as K-State fell to Georgia.
• Sophomore Kali Retzler carded a score of 68.5 to ride past UGA's Graysen Stroud, 67.5, gaining a point for Kansas State and registered her first ever MOP honor of her career. 
• Senior Kara Guy picked up the first point of the day as she grasped a 64.5-62 decision against Claudia Spreng.

Fresno State Results

Equitation over Fences
• K-State was a powerhouse in the discipline as they triumphed 4-0 over FSU.  
• Sophomore Taylor Schmidt claimed her stomping grounds as she rode past FSU’s Kylina Chalack in a 70-50 victory. 
• Junior Christina Martinelli then secured the point against Alex Dirickson by a score of 65-60.
• Junior Henley Adkins picked up a point for the Wildcats after FSU’s Paige Pastorino received a zero to give the Wildcats a point with an 81-0 victory.  
• Sophomore Molly Dunn fed off of Adkins' point as she grasped her own point by an 84-79 decision against Sierra Swaffer.

Equitation on the Flat
• Fresno State notched the victory as the Wildcats fell just shy, 2 -1.
• Junior Christina Martinelli picked up her ninth win of the season, as she claimed another title against FSU's Alex Dirickson, 72-71. 

Horsemanship
• K-State battled out the discipline but fell short, 3-1.
• Senior Danielle Kemper tallied her seventh win of the season with a conquest over Taylor Brown, 75-72.

 Reining
• The final score in Reining on Friday was 2-2, as K-State and FSU went back and forth in the discipline. 
• Senior Danielle Kemper is now 7-7-1 this season as she claimed another title against FSU's Taylor Dixon, 68.5-0. 
• Sophomore Kali Retzler edged past Kayli Gobeli of FSU, 68.5-66, for her second win of the day.

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell
• “Today finished really well for our team. This morning against Georgia, we did not ride to our potential, but we stepped up this afternoon against Fresno State. It was a tough competition, but Fences really pulled us through with their 4-0 sweep. Georgia hosted two great meets today, and we are grateful for their hospitality.”

Coming up Next
• The No. 10 Kansas State equestrian team will look to build on their win as they continue their run on the road as they take on No. 4 Baylor on Friday, March 4, at Willis Equestrian Center.