April 18, 2013
WACO, Texas-- The season came to an end for the Kansas State Hunter Seat team on Thursday, after the team dropped a close decision that came down to raw score at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) championships. The Wildcats tied UT-Martin 4-4, but came up short on raw score, losing 1122-1012, in the first round.
"While we are incredibly disappointed with today's outcome, we are so excited for the future of our Hunt Seat program," said Hunter Seat coach Anna Schierholz. "We had some bright spots today, but we certainly made some mistakes that UT-Martin capitalized on. We are still so proud of our accomplishments this season and the strong K-State spirit that was present in today's competition."
In Equitation Over Fences, both sides tied 2-2. Rachel Webster, a junior from Mechanicsville, Va., gave the Wildcats their first point after she defeated Kara Bergenty, 170-163, for her first win of the day. Senior Kali Yates ended her Wildcat career with a win, carding a 151 on her ride and besting Katie Miranda's 120. Yates finishes with a 13-4 record in the discipline.
Equitation on the Flat was just as competitive, with both sides again taking two points apiece. Webster once again displayed her fine riding skills, picking up her second win of the competition with a 158-135 defeat of Bergenty. Madison Wayda earned the other point for the Wildcats, dispatching Hunter Ralston, 146-127.
Despite the loss, Webster finished the year on a high note. The captain ends the season with a remarkable 23-11 record while being named a second team All-American and an All-Big 12 performer.
"A huge congratulations to Rachel Webster, who capped off her phenomenal season with two big wins today," said Schierholz.
K-State is back in action tomorrow, as the Western team takes on South Dakota State in the second round of the NCEA championships. The competition will begin at 9 a.m.
Head coach Casie Maxwell says her side is ready to compete.
"We are anxious to get started tomorrow in the western arena and take on South Dakota State," said Maxwell. "The girls are riding great and our energy is high so we are looking forward to making a statement in the competition arena."
Results and recaps of the NCEA championships will be made available on www.kstatesports.com. Live feed of the event can be seen at www.Varsityequestrian.com.
Equitation on the Flat
KSU and UTM tied 2-2
Rachel Webster (KSU) def. Kara Bergenty (UTM), 158-135
Mykaela VanSelus (UTM) def. Larissa Laffey (KSU), 137-131
Madison Wayda (KSU) def. Hunter Ralston (UTM), 146-127
Reid Rickett (UTM) def. Meredith Finch (KSU), 131-113
Equitation Over Fences
KSU and UTM tied 2-2
Reid Rickett (UTM) def. Madison Wayda (KSU), 151-0
Hunter Ralston (UTM) def. Shana Barnett (KSU), 158-143
Rachel Webster (KSU) def. Kara Bergenty (UTM), 170-163
Kali Yates (KSU) def. Katie Miranda (UTM), 151-120