Sept. 3, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan.- The Kansas State Equestrian team will provide a preview of the team for the 2014-15 season on Saturday with the fourth annual Purple-White scrimmage. The event will begin at 8 a.m., at Timbercreek Stables. Admission to Sunday's event is free.
Head coach Casie Maxwell sees the scrimmage as a stepping-stone to starting the season off strong and a way for the team to really show off their hard work over the past few weeks.
"The Purple and White Scrimmage is the only opportunity we get to see all of our athletes in the competition arena. It's a great way for us to kick off our season by evaluating our riders and allowing freshmen to compete in this format for the first time and everyone to work out their nervousness," said Coach Maxwell. "We jump right into countable competition two weeks after this, so we expect that the team will put pressure on themselves to perform well while also being really supportive of one another."
The Wildcats are coming off an incredible season with a record of 11-6 and finished the 2013-14 season undefeated at home. K-State had six riders named NCEA All-Americans and 10 riders achieve Academic All-Big 12 status.
In the 2014-15 season, the Wildcats enter with a young team featuring 20 new riders joining the roster and looking to make an impact in the weekly lineup. K-State also welcomes back key returning riders including team captains Savannah Smith, Madison Wayda, Danielle Kemper and Chelsea Buttermore.
On Saturday, Wildcat riders will compete in Equitation over Fences, Horsemanship, Equitation on the Flat and Reining. All riders will be riding in one event as the competition will function as a normal, game day setting with riders competing head-to-head on pre-drawn horses. This format will give each K-State equestrian student-athlete an opportunity to compete in a varsity setting.
K-State's 2014-2015 fall season will get underway on Sept. 19, as the Wildcats host South Carolina at Timbercreek Stables.
Directions to Timbercreek Stables
Head east of Kansas State University on Bluemont Avenue. Turn right onto Tuttle Creek Boulevard. Turn left onto Highway 24 and go about 3 miles. Turn left onto Green Valley Road. Turn right onto Elk Creek Road. Timbercreek Stables is approximately 1/2 mile down on the right hand side. Physical address: 9000 Elk Creek Road.