April 2, 2014
IRVING, Texas – In an announcement by the Big 12 on Wednesday, Kansas State’s Cat Avolese and Kelly Bovaird were among five athletes names March Rider of the Month. Avolese took the honor in Equitation on the Flat while Bovaird earned her second Horsemanship honor.
“Both Cat and Kelly have great records in the month of March and delivered stellar performances for their team in a string of tough competitions,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “They have consistently been reliable in the arena and we look forward to big performances from them at the National Championship.”
A native of St. James, N.Y. Avolese went a perfect 3-0 during March in Equitation on the Flat. She picked up her first win against TCU’s Kaitlin Perry on March 8. During the Big 12 Championship, the senior provided the Wildcats with two big wins. The second came against Oklahoma State, where she defeated Jorden Davis 150-138. The third was a 152-138 win over TCU’s Molly Peddicord.
Hailing from Tulsa, Okla., Bovaird also had a perfect March, compiling a 3-0 record with one Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor. The senior earned her first win of the month in dramatic fashion, defeating TCU’s Rylee Morgan on the final ride on Senior Day. She also picked up two wins during the Big 12 Championship. Her wins came over OSU’s Ty Paris and TCU’s Erin Gillette. This is also Bovaird’s second Big 12 Rider of the Month honor for this season, as she earned the honor in October.
Baylor’s Alicia Gasser (Equitation on the Flat), Sam Schaefer (Equitation Over Fences) and TCU’s Brooke Boyle (Reining) were also honored.
The Wildcats are in the midst of preparing for the NCEA National Championship. The Championship takes place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats will take on Texas A&M in the first round.