April 8, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan.- The accolades continue to build for the No. 5 Kansas State Wildcats, as the team had four riders named National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) All-Americans in an announcement on Monday. Meredith Finch, Hannah Ribera, Rachel Webster and Kali Yates all earned All-American status. K-State has now had 10 riders named to the All-American lists in the past three seasons.
“We are extremely proud of Hannah, Kali, Meredith, and Rachel for their achievements this season,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “It is extremely hard to earn All American status and they did so among a very elite group of athletes. We look forward to them leading us in the post season.”
Finch, a senior from Somerville, Ohio was named to the first team for her performances in Equitation on the Flat. Finch compiled a 13-1-2 record during the season including three Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. The senior has been a leader all season and helped guide the Wildcats to a second place finish at the Big 12 Championship.
Ribera, a senior from Canyon, Texas, placed on the second team for Horsemanship, after a campaign which saw her go 9-3-1, with 2 MOPs. Ribera has provided a veteran presence to the Wildcats.
A product of Mechanicsville, Va., Webster was also named to the second team for her phenomenal season in Equitation Over Fences. Webster has been one of the most consistent riders for K-State, racking up a 12-4 record and earning four MOPs.
Yates, a senior from Bonner Springs, Kan., was named to the honorable mention list in Equitation Over Fences. Yates also went 12-4 in the discipline while picking up two MOP honors.
The Wildcats are in the middle of training for the NCEA Championship, which takes place April 18-20 in Waco, Texas.