March 29, 2014
WACO, Texas - After a narrow defeat to Oklahoma State on Friday, the Kansas State equestrian team defeated TCU, 13-6, on Saturday to finish in third place at the Big 12 Championship. OSU defeated Baylor to win their third consecutive title.
"I am proud of how our team recovered today after a tough loss on day one," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "We rode much cleaner and stronger all together today. We still have some issues to address before the National Championship, but things are shaping up well for us."
K-State's Western team dominated the Horned Frogs, winning the discipline, 8-1.
The Wildcat Horsemanship team came ready to compete, as they outscored TCU, 4-1. Kelly Bovaird scored the first of four straight K-State points, after she defeated Erin Gillette, 140-132. Amelia Crites followed Bovaird with a 146.5-132 rout of Megan McMullen. Rachel Wetherell scored the third point when she carded a 142.5 to takedown Calli Rouse. Danielle Kemper finished the scoring frenzy with a 149-139 win over Colby Plott.
In Reining, the Wildcats were just as strong, winning 4-0. Emily Stockford opened the event with a 139.5-137 victory over Chantz Stewart. Jesse Johnson added to the point total, after she defeated Alexi Child. Jordan Cox scored the third consecutive point, after she narrowly defeated Shelby St. Hilaire, 140.5-138. Kara Guy scored the final K-State point, after she bested Katie Gray, 138.5-136.5.
In the Hunter Seat arena, K-State and TCU rode to a 5-5 tie.
The Equitation on the Flat team came close to a sweep, winning 4-1. Madison Wayda gave the Wildcats the first point, defeating Caitlin Ader, 163-130. Jacquelyn Bogstad was able to secure a win, knocking off Kari Hancock in a close 144-142 decision. Rachel Webster picked up a big win, taking down Nikki Diamantis 140-128. Cat Avolese scored the fourth and final point in Flat with a 152-138 win against Molly Peddicord.
Equitation Over Fences was the lone event that TCU would win, taking it 4-1 over the Wildcats. Avolese was able to pick up the lone point, after she out-rode Ader, 157-154.
The Wildcats also took home several Big 12 honors.
K-State had five riders make the All Big-12 Team. In the Hunter Seat, Webster and Alexis Graves made the Equitation Over Fences team, while Webster and Henley Adkins were named to the Equitation on the Flat squad. In Horsemanship, Bovaird was the lone Wildcat named to the side. Rounding out the All Big-12 Team for the Wildcats was Guy in Reining.
Webster earned one final award, after she was named Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Year.
The Wildcats will now have a few weeks off to prepare for the NCEA National Championship. The event will be held in Waco, Texas and will be held April 17-19.