Feb. 27, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - After nearly a month without a competition, the No. 4 Kansas State equestrian travels to Texas for a pair of Big 12 meets against No. 6 Baylor and No. 8 TCU on Friday and Saturday.
Head coach Casie Maxwell is hopeful that her team will be ready to compete after a long break between competitions.
"The team is anxious to get back out and compete," said Maxwell. "We have had a whole month off, which has been great for us to really work hard at home, but they are ready to put their practice to the test in the arena."
The Hunt Seat team will have a number of different riders available for the two meets. The side has outscored opponents 55-26 on the season. Seniors Meredith Finch, Kali Yates and Larissa Laffey can provide a veteran presence for the side. Juniors Cat Avolese, Shana Barnett, Laura Lafnitzegger and Rachel Webster are all riders who have experience and can spark a Wildcat team that has been dominant all season. Lone sophomore Madison Wayda will also be available for K-State.
The Western side will also have an abundance of riders to choose from this weekend. The team has been solid so far this Spring season, having a combined record of 8-4. The horsemanship team will be comprised of seniors Hannah Ribera, Whitney Unkefer, juniors Kelly Bovaird, Amelia Crites, Chayna DeNicolo and Rachel Wetherell. While Danielle Kemper will be the only freshman in the group. In Reining, the side will have senior Sam Etsell, juniors Jordan Cox, Jesse Johnson, sophomore Savannah Smith and freshman Kara Guy.
The two meets will give K-State a tough road test and the chance to prove that they deserve to be one of the top teams in the nation.
"This weekend will be a big challenge," said Maxwell. "Both Baylor and TCU have strong teams and have been performing really well, so we will definitely have to be on our A-game."
The Wildcats faced both teams earlier in the fall season, with K-State coming out victorious in both meets. K-State defeated Baylor, 13-7, on Oct. 5, and edged TCU, 9-7, on Nov. 2.
K-State will return to Timbercreek Stables on March 8, when No. 5 South Carolina travels to the Little Apple.
(line-up to be determined)