May 10, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Fresh off a Reserve National Championship in the Western discipline, Kansas State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell announced the signing of eight new riders to the program during the spring signing period on Friday. The new additions are: Cheyenne Adams, Sydney Anson, Chelsea Buttermore, Rachel Castellini, Christina Frost, Natalie Kestle, Christina Martinelli, and Rory Reichelt.
“Coach Schierholz and I are extremely excited about the Spring 2013 signing class,” said Maxwell about her new additions. “These riders come in with excellent academic and athletic backgrounds so we know they will be an integral part in the success of our program moving forward. Each one of them has a wealth of training and experience in the arena which we know will help smooth their transition into the collegiate arena.”
Hailing from Yakima, Wash., Adams provides depth for a strong Western side. She has participated in the AQHA, NRCHA, NRCWA, and WAHSET competitively. She earned a state championship in Reining, while coming in second in Horsemanship as a member of the WAHSET. Adams was also a three-year letter winner in track and field where she competed in the high jump and enjoys drag racing outside of school.
Anson joins the K-State program from Carleton, Mich., and will bring great experience to the Horsemanship squad. She has been a competitor on the AQHA circuit in Halter, Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Horsemanship, and Trail. In 2011 she was an AQHYA World Show Finalist and has multiple Congress top 5 wins under her belt. She maintains a 3.8 GPA at Airport Senior High School where she is also involved in concert winds, symphonic band, and competitive and marching drumline. Outside of school and AQHA, she is involved in 4-H while also helping raise money for therapeutic riding programs in Michigan.
A product of Flemington, N.J., Buttermore will bring a wealth of experience to the team. In 2011 and 2012, she qualified and competed at USEF Medal Finals and ASPCA Maclay Regionals, as well as competing at the Marshall and Sterling League Finals from 2009 to 2012. In 2011, Buttermore was the Marshall and Sterling League High Point Reserve Champion, as well as placing ninth at Marshall and Sterling League Finals and earning an Equestrian Talent Search Championship. Buttermore is just as impressive outside the arena, as she comes to K-State with outstanding academic accolades as well as community involvement including service to the Invisible Children Club and Habitat for Humanity.
Castellini comes to K-State via Washington Township, N.J. The younger sibling of current rider Emily Castellini, Rachel looks to help replenish a strong Horsemanship side. She currently competes in the APHA in All-Around events. In 2009 and 2011, she was named the Youth Versatility Champion and APHA Youth Champion. In 2010 she earned a Youth Superior Champion. At Cumberland Regional High School, Castellini has made the Dean’s List and is also involved in the Junior Classical League and does community service with various organizations in her hometown including the Battered Women’s Shelter and Senior Citizens group.
Another Flemington, N.J. native, Frost will look to make an impact on the Hunter Seat team. The incoming rider brings numerous accolades with her to the Little Apple. In 2012, she competed at the USEF Medal Finals and ASPCA Maclay Regionals, as well as earning a fourth place finish at the Marshall and Sterling League Medal Finals. She also placed 10th in the USEF Medal at Devon and won the BWF Hunter Derby. Frost was the NJHSA Junior Rider of the Year while also earning the NJHSA High Score Award and Gold Medal. Frost also brings outstanding character and community service to the team. She frequently contributes columns to Today’s Equestrian magazine, serves as a riding camp counselor teaching children the basics of riding and horsemanship, and has tallied numerous other athletic and sportsmanship awards.
Born in Warren, Pa., Kestle comes to K-State via Damascus, Ore. The incoming freshman will add more depth to the Wildcat Hunter Seat team. Kestle competes in the Junior Jumper divisions up and down the west coast. She has numerous top five finishes in Mini Prixs and Junior/AO jumper classics, as well as in USEF Medals, ASPCA Maclays and WIHS Equitation classes. Kestle also holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, is ranked first in her class of 610 at Clackamas High School where she also competes as a member of the Track and Field team, and is a National Honor Society member and a Key Club member.
Martinelli joins the Wildcat program after attending Oxford High School in Oxford, Conn. She will add extensive experience to the Hunter seat squad. Martinelli qualified for the 2012 USEF Medal Finals, USEF Talent Search Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Regionals. She was Reserve Champion at the Tournament of Champions Winter Classic Show in the Equestrian Talent Search class, as well as earning multiple championships as a member of the River’s Edge IEA Team.
Martinelli competed at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival in the USEF Medals, ASPCA Maclays, USEF Talent Search classes and Washington Equitation classes, as well as earning many top-five finishes in equitation classes up and down the east coast. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, a CAPT Scholar, a member of her school’s varsity volleyball team and a dedicated volunteer at an the Maple Ridge Animal Clinic in her hometown.
Reichelt is a product of Portland, Ore., and will also look to boost the Hunter Seat depth. Reichelt placed 13th overall at the 2012 USEF Talent Search Finals-West, as well as earning a seventh place finish at OHJA Finals. During 2011, Reichelt was awarded the OHJA Junior Sportsman of the Year. She also competed in the EAP twice, as well as consistently earning top finishes “A” and “AA” rated horse shows up and down the west coast and in Canada in the 3’6” equitation classes and the jumpers up to 1.30m. Reichelt holds a 3.8 GPA at St. Mary’s Academy, as well as competing on the varsity Alpine Skiing Team, acting as an ambassador for her school and participating in numerous service projects.
With Friday’s announcement, K-State equestrian will welcome in a total class of 13 new riders for the 2013-14 season, as the Wildcats signed five during the fall signing period. The five signees in the fall were: Henley Adkins, Tori Bentley, Alexis Graves, Alyssa Lombardi and Katie Ramsey.