March 28, 2014
WACO, Texas - No. 4 seed Kansas State opened the 2014 Big 12 Equestrian Championship with a narrow defeat on Friday, dropping a close 10-9 decision to No. 1 seed Oklahoma State.
"The majority of our team had really strong, championship caliber rides today," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "Unfortunately we made a few little mistakes that cost us against a tough OSU team. I am proud of our team for riding with so much heart and energy. The mistakes we made can be easily fixed and we will focus on that for tomorrow."
In the Western arena, K-State and OSU put together excellent rides, with the two sides battling to a 5-5 tie.
The Wildcats got the upper-hand in Horsemanship, taking the discipline, 3-2. Senior Kelly Bovaird gave the Wildcats their first point after defeating Ty Paris, 144.5-129. Danielle Kemper followed that performance with a 144.5-139 victory over Paris Nottingham. Rachel Wetherell finished the scoring for K-State, downing Lindsey McMullen, 141-137.5.
In Reining, the Cowgirls were barely able to outscore K-State, taking the event 3-2. After OSU won the first point, Emily Stockford evened the score with a 133-127 victory over Mackenzie Fugitt. Savannah Smith was the other point winner for K-State, defeating Erin Willoughby, 145-133, and recording the high score in the matchup.
K-State's Hunter Seat team had an off-day, as they were defeated 5-4 by OSU.
The Equitation on the Flat team had a great day, as they were able to outscore the Cowgirls, 3-2. The Wildcats opened the discipline by scoring three straight points. Cat Avolese recorded the first point, after she carded a score of 150 to defeat Jorden Davis. Henley Adkins followed suit, scoring an event match-high 160 to earn a win. Rachel Webster scored the third and final point, knocking off Samantha Harrison, 149-130.
In Equitation Over Fences, OSU took the event, 3-1. Madison Wayda was the lone point winner for the Wildcats in the event. She scored a 158 to easily defeat Jorden Davis, who scored a 147 on her ride.
The Wildcats will face No. 3 seeded TCU on Saturday in the third-place match. The two sides split meets this season, with both schools winning at home.