Wildcats Open with Purple/White Scrimmage

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State equestrian will provide a preview of the team for the 2015-16 season on Sunday with the fifth annual Purple-White Scrimmage. The event will begin at 9 a.m., at Timbercreek Stables.
 
Head Coach Casie Maxwell, the 2015 Big 12 Equestrian co-Coach of the Year, sees the scrimmage as a stepping-stone to starting the season off strong and a way for the team to really show off their hard work over the past few weeks.

“We are excited to actually begin competition this weekend at the Purple and White Scrimmage. We have had great preparation heading into the season and this scrimmage allows everyone a great opportunity to see where they stand,” said Maxwell. “Coaches get to see riders perform under pressure and athletes get to assess what they need to focus on before the first countable competition. It is a great test run and also a rare opportunity to see everyone have the opportunity to compete.”

During Sunday’s scrimmage, Wildcat riders will compete in Equitation over Fences, Equitation on the Flat, Reining and Horsemanship. All riders will be riding in one event as the competition will function as a normal, gameday setting with riders competing head-to-head on pre-drawn horses. This format will give each K-State equestrian student-athlete an opportunity to compete in a varsity setting.
 
The Wildcats are coming off a solid season with a record of 9-9 and finished the regular season undefeated at home once again and have now won 18 consecutive home meets in the last two seasons making their overall record at home, 18-1. 

K-State had two riders named NCEA All-Americans,14 riders named to the NCEA Academic Team, 12 riders achieve Academic All-Big 12 honors and had four athletes named as Big 12 Rider of the Month in their individual disciplines. 

The Wildcat team looks to have an advantage as the young riders last season now have experience under their belt and look to compete for a National Championship. 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.

Seniors Danielle Kemper and Kara Guy head into the season looking to leave a legacy in the Western arena. A Gilbert, Arizona native, 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.

After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Guy proved herself to be a threat in the Reining arena. She ended the 2014-15 season with a record of 10-6-1, and picked up one MOP honor along the way. Guy went on an 8-1 winning streak during the spring season.

The fall season for K-State will be underway on Oct. 3, as the Wildcats travel to Brookings, S.D., to face South Dakota State. 

FENCES:
Henley Adkins
Ali Brunner
Tina Frost
Halle Kutsche
Christina Martinelli
Daniella McCormick
 
FLAT:
Chelsea Buttermore
Natalie Kestle
Halle Kutsche
Gretchen Koenen
Christina Martinelli
Rory Reichelt
 
REINING:
Brynn Critcher
Kara Guy
Nicholle Hatton
Lauren Lynch
Kali Retzler
Taylor Todd
Emma Wyllys
 
HORSEMANSHIP:
Ashley Anderson
Sydney Anson
Amanda Bennett
Emily Castellini
Alyssa Lombardi
Dani Kemper
Paige Kemper
Katelyn Pryor
Taylor Serrano
Jessica Thompson