April 25, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan.-- Kansas State senior Hannah Ribera added a major accolade to her trophy case, when she was named the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) in Horsemanship at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) championships. Ribera tallied a 151.5 against Georgia in the semi-finals, which was the highest score of the entire competition. She finished 2-1 during the championships.
"I was hugely surprised but incredibly honored to receive the MOP in horsemanship," said Ribera. "The award is so prestigious and, as I am sure all athletes strive for it, I was greatly blessed to receive it. I never would have guessed that I would have been chosen but I can only thank my talented coach, teammates, and my amazing God for the award; it was all due to them. As it was my final nationals and last rides for K-State, it was an even better way of going out than I could have ever dreamed of."
A senior from Canyon, Texas, Ribera was named a 2013 NCEA All-American second team selection earlier in the season. She finished her senior campaign with a record of 13-4 with three MOP honors.
Head coach Casie Maxwell was happy that her senior rider can finish her career with a prestigious honor.
"I am so proud of Hannah for all of her accomplishments on this team," said Maxwell. "She is an amazing rider and has been a great leader. I am so glad she got to wrap up her collegiate career earning the MOP honors at the Championship."
Junior Jesse Johnson also had an impressive NCEA championship run. The Broken Bow, Neb., native wentundefeated in head-to-head matchups and finished with a 3-0 record in Reining. Johnson also scored the highest point total in the discipline with a 146 against Oklahoma State in the finals. She finished the season with a record of 8-6-3 with two MOPs.
K-State's Western team ended their season by earning its third Reserve National Championship in the past four seasons (2010, 2011). The side finished the year with a record of 11-7.