July 23, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State equestrian head coach Casie Maxwell announced on Tuesday that former graduate assistant Kate Chesley has been promoted to the full-time staff as an assistant coach. Chesley will assist with the Western team.
“I am excited to announce that Kate will continue to work with our team,” said Maxwell. “She has put in three years of hard work as a graduate assistant, so I expect the transition will be effortless for her in many ways. Her experience at New Mexico State University as an athlete and combined with that in her GA position, make her a valuable asset to our team.”
A native of El Paso, Texas, Chesley will enter her fourth year with the K-State equestrian program. Aside from her duties with coaching the Western team, she will continue to oversee administrative duties and care and maintenance of the horses.
Before arriving in Manhattan, Chesley was a member of the NMSU equestrian team from 2005-09. She qualified for the 2009 Varsity Equestrian National Championships as an individual in Horsemanship and Reining, placing in the Top-4 in both events. Additionally, she was a highly-decorated amateur rider where she garnered the 1997 NRHA 13 & Under Reining Hi-Point Champion honors in the state of New Mexico, the 2003 NMSF All-Breed High Point Youth Championship and the 2005 SWQHA Youth All-Around Championship, to go along with numerous other awards.
This past season, the Wildcats’ Western team earned its third Reserve National Championship in the past four seasons (2010, 2011). K-State will return a number of experienced riders on the Western side. In Horsemanship, Kelly Bovaird and Rachel Wetherell will bring a strong senior leadership to the side. In Reining, Jordan Cox, Kara Guy and Savannah Smith will provide a solid core of riders. Six incoming freshmen will also provide depth for the side.
K-State kicks off the 2013-14 season with the Purple and White Scrimmage on September 8 at Timbercreek Stables and the regular season on September 20 at South Carolina.