Feb. 15, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - The No. 4 Kansas State equestrian team saw its four-meet winning streak come to an end on Saturday after dropping a 13-6 decision to No. 6 Oklahoma State. Rachel Webster earned Most Outstanding Player (MOP) accolades in the loss.
"Our girls fought really hard today and rode with a lot of heart, but we made a few too many mistakes which kept us from earning a few more points," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "Oklahoma State rode well and is hard to beat at home, so we knew we would have to be error free. We will be back home addressing our mistakes and preparing for Baylor in a few weeks."
K-State's Hunter Seat team put together some great rides, but fell to OSU, 6-3.
The day started with Equitation Over Fences, which saw the Wildcats fall 4-1 to the Cowgirls. Shana Barnett was the lone point scorer for K-State. The senior from Hawthorn Woods, Ill., scored an 84 in the first round and picked up the win after OSU rider Maggie Gampfer was only able to muster a 76.
Equitation on the Flat saw both teams fight to a deadlock, with both schools tallying two points. Webster scored an 86 during her ride and earned a win after Samantha Elser carded an 83 for the Cowgirls. Webster's performance earned her MOP in the event. Fellow senior Jacquelyn Bogstad scored the third highest point total in the event, after she received an 85. Bogstad picked up the win after Andrea Robbins fell one point shy with an 84.
'The energy was extremely strong today and everyone fought and gave it everything we had," said Webster. "Even when things did not go our way, we kept our heads up and kept fighting for it. I am proud of our team for sticking with it and riding hard until the end."
The Wildcat Western squad looked to build off of its performance against South Dakota State, but was unable to overcome a tough matchup against OSU. The Cowgirls took the discipline, 7-3.
Both Horsemanship sides went back-and-forth with good rides, but the Cowgirls came away with a slight 3-2 advantage. Chayna DeNicolo scored the first point for the Wildcats, when she edged Lauren Halvorson, 73-72.5. Rachel Wetherell was the other Wildcats victor, picking up a 72-69 win over Paris Nottingham.
The K-State Reining team battled OSU to the finish, with the Cowgirls ultimately coming out on top, 4-1. Savannah Smith picked up a victory, after knocking off Mackenzie Fugitt, 72-69.
The Wildcats will have two weeks off before making their spring home debut against No. 2 Baylor at Timbercreek Stables.