Jan. 29, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After finishing the fall season with a 6-3 record, the No. 5 Kansas State equestrian team kicks off the spring season with a trip north to face South Dakota State on Saturday.
“We are anxious to get back out there and begin competing again this spring,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We had a successful fall and were able to really learn from our mistakes. We ended with a big win over Georgia and have had a great break to rejuvenate everyone, but now we are anxious to get back out there and start taking the steps necessary to prepare us for the National Championship.”
Last season, K-State defeated the Jackrabbits 13-6 at Timbercreek Stables. The Wildcats had two riders earn Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors in last year’s meet.
The Wildcats have plenty of momentum going into this weekend’s meet, after finishing the fall season on a three-meet winning streak, which included wins over ranked opponents Georgia and SMU.
The Hunter Seat team enters the meet coming off a dominant 7-3 victory over Georgia. The side will look to continue their strong run into the spring season. Captain Madison Wayda will lead an experienced group into competition. Seniors Cat Avolese, Shana Barnett, Jacquelyn Bogstad, and Laura Lafnitzegger give the Wildcats strong senior leadership.
K-State’s Horsemanship side will have plenty of familiar faces, as the senior laden team gets back into the arena. Four of the five riders that comprise the Horsemanship team enter their final season. Kelly Bovaird, Amelia Crites, Chayna DeNicolo and Rachel Wetherell will all make their final spring season debut. During the fall season, the seniors went a combined 20-15 during competitions. Lone underclassman Danielle Kemper completes the five-rider team.
The Reining team gets a big boost this semester, as senior Jesse Johnson will look to make her season debut. The Broken Bow, Neb., native returns after missing the fall season. Joining Johnson will be seniors Jordan Cox, Emily Stockton and Bovaird, junior Savannah Smith and sophomore Kara Guy.
Following this weekend, K-State travels to Stillwater, Okla., on February 15, for a showdown with No. 7 Oklahoma State before returning to the friendly confines of Timbercreek Stables on Feb. 28 for a meet against Big 12 foe No. 3 Baylor.
Exh – Laura Lafnitzegger
Exh – Rory Reichelt
Exh – Whitney Unkefer