Wildcats Upend No. 6 Horned Frogs

Manhattan, Kan.- The K-State equestrian team rallied on Friday afternoon at Timbercreek Stables, as the Wildcats upset No. 6 TCU in a head-to-head battle, 10-9.  

Noteworthy

  • Kansas State is now 2-2 on the season, 1-2 in Big 12 matchups.
  • The Wildcats clinched the victory in Western, 6-3, but fell short in Hunt Seat, 6-4.
  •  Kansas State has now won 19 home meets in the last two seasons making their overall record at home, 19-3.
  • The Wildcats experience and leadership was evident in today’s matchup as nine points came from the upperclassmen.
  • The Wildcats took home two out of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. In Equitation on the Flat junior Christina Martinelli and in Reining sophomore Brynn Critcher – both picking up their first career MOPs.

Equitation over Fences

  •  The Horned Frogs notched the victory as the Wildcats fell short, 3-2.
  •  Junior Taylor Schmidt picked up her first season triumph for K-State, as she carded a score of 87 to ride past TCU’s Emery Hanson, 87-79. 
  • Junior Henley Adkins claimed her stomping grounds as she rode past TCU’s Carley Barnett in an 83-72 victory.

Equitation on the Flat

  •  K-State battled hard in the discipline but fell to TCU, 3-2.
  •  Junior Gretchen Koenen started the discipline off strong with a carded score of 88 to cruise past TCU’s Kari Hancock, 88-80.
  •  Junior Christina Martinelli secured a point against Nikki Diamantis by a score of 91-80 and is now 3-5 this season and 11-18-1 as a Wildcat.

Horsemanship

  • The final score in Horsemanship on Friday was 3-1, as K-State triumphed over TCU and bring the overall match score into a 7-7 tie.
  • K-State received scoring rides from juniors Sydney Anson and Alyssa Lombardi as well as senior Danielle Kemper.
  • Anson carded a score of 71 to ride past TCU’s Erin Gillette, 70, gaining a point for Kansas State.
  •  Lombardi tallied her fourth win of the season and remains undefeated with a win over Rylee Morgan, 70.5-68.5.
  •  Kemper is now 3-2 this season as she claimed another title against TCU's Colby Plott, 72-71.5.  

Reining

  •  The Wildcats came out fighting as the final rides determined the outcome of the day in Reining as they clinched a 3-2 decision against the Horned Frogs.
  • Junior Kara Guy tallied her 25th career win with a conquest over Carley Montemuro, 69.5-68.
  • Critcher fed off of Guy’s point as she grasped her own point by a 70.5-68 decision against Brooke Boyle.
  • Senior Nicholle Hatton improved her winning streak to four, as she defeated Hunter DeJane, 70-69.5.

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell

  •    “I think the girls preformed very well today. We have been building on this confidence for the last couple of meets and it was nice to be able to finish it today. Being tied going into Reining puts a lot of pressure on them. This was just like the competition we had on October 30 against Baylor just back and forth. They just kept fighting strong and we managed to get it in our favor today.” 

Coming up Next

  • Kansas State will finish their fall season as they travel to Dover, Delaware, to take on No. 3 Texas A&M on Friday, November 20, and Delaware State on Saturday, November 21.