Wildcats Head North for Fall Opener

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State equestrian will open the fall season on the road, when they travel to Brookings, S.D., to face South Dakota State on Saturday at 9 a.m.

“We are eager to get on the road and begin our season against SDSU this weekend,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We have had a lot of time to prepare our team, but the true test is getting out there on the road. SDSU had a good start playing a close meet against South Carolina in their season opener, so we definitely cannot take this weekend lightly.”

Kansas State is coming off a strong finish to last season with a solid 9-9 record and finished the regular season undefeated at home once again and have won 18 consecutive home meets in the last two seasons making their overall record at home, 18-1. 

The Wildcats will look to take home the victory once again this season as K-State defeated the Jackrabbits at Timbercreek Stables last fall season, 13-6. 

The Wildcats are made up of an experienced young group this season. Junior Henley Adkins is coming off a stellar sophomore season in the Hunt Seat discipline. Adkins finished with a record of 20-16-0, while picking up six MOP honors. Among her many accolades following the 2014-15 season, Adkins was named All Big-12 in Equitation Over Fences and in Equitation on the Flat. After the Big 12 Championships, Adkins was awarded NCEA All-American Second Team in Equitation on the Flat and Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Year.

Alongside her competing in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences will be juniors Christina Martinelli and Taylor Schmidt, as well as sophomore Molly Dunn. Sophomore Halle Kutsche will join the squad in Equitation over Fences. Kutsche was 4-5-1 in her season debut as a Wildcat, while picking up one MOP honor. Junior Gretchen Koenen will compete in Equitation on the Flat as she looks to bring home a point for the Wildcats. 

Senior captain Danielle Kemper’s show stopping 2014-15 season will give the Wildcats the boost they need in the Horsemanship arena. Kemper finished the 2014-15 season with a record of 12-4-1, while picking up two MOP honors. She was named to the NCEA All-American Second Team in Horsemanship and was an All Big-12 Team member in Horsemanship. Juniors Sydney Anson and Alyssa Lombardi’s experience from last season will help Kemper rally the points in the arena, along with senior Emily Castellini, junior Ashley Anderson and sophomore Paige Kemper to round out the lineup for the Wildcats. 

K-State will look to senior Kara Guy this season after proving herself to be a threat in the Reining arena last season. She ended the 2014-15 season with a record of 10-6-1, and picked up one MOP honor along the way. Fellow senior standout Nicholle Hatton and sophomore Brynn Critcher will join Guy in the Western arena. The squad will also have a pair making their debuts this weekend in sophomore Kali Retzler and freshman Taylor Todd. 
Live updates for the match against Baylor can be found on K-State’s Gameday Twitter account, @kstate_gameday. 

Fences:
Henley Adkins
Molly Dunn
Halle Kutsche
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
ALT – Brunner
 
Flat:
Henley Adkins
Molly Dunn
Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Taylor Schmidt
EXH – Halle Kutsche
ALT – Rory Reichelt
 
Horsemanship:
Ashley Anderson
Sydney Anson
Emily Castellini
Danielle Kemper
Paige Kemper
Alyssa Lombardi
Taylor Serrano
 
Reining:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicole Hatton
Kali Retzler
Taylor Todd
Emma Wyllys