Nov. 23, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State head coach Casie Maxwell has announced the signing of five new Wildcat riders for the 2013-14 season. Henley Adkins, Tori Bentley, Alexis Graves, Alyssa Lombardi, and Katie Ramsey have all signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) during the early signing period and will join the Wildcat family in 2013-14 as freshmen.
“These 5 riders will add tremendous athletic and academic depth to our existing roster,” said Maxwell about her new additions. “They hold tremendous pride in their academics, have a passion for riding and competition, and loved the K-State family experience, all which I believe will make them great additions to our program. We are excited about their wealth of experience in the arena and expect them to be impact players for our team.”
A native of Moorpark, Calif., Adkins joins the Wildcats as a Hunter Seat rider looking to bolster K-State’s lineup. In 2012, Adkins earned the reserve championship in the Ronnie W. Mutch Equitation Championship, as well as qualifying for the USEF Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals, the USEF Talent Search Finals (West) and the ASPCA National Maclay Finals. She was also the USHJA nominee for the 2012 USEF Sportsman’s Award and a nominee for the 2012 Junior Equestrian of the Year.
During 2011, Adkins was a national finalist in the EAP, as well as in the ASPCA National Maclay Finals. She also took home the LAHJA Equitation Championship and Overall High Point Championship in 2009, along with the SFHJA Overall High Point Reserve Championship, the LAHJA Horsemanship Medal Final Championship and the Dorothy Groth Sportsmanship Award. In addition to her impressive record on the back of a horse, Adkins boasts a 4.0 GPA, and she has been a member of Moorpark High School’s honor roll from 2009 through 2012 as well as a member of the National Honor Society in 2011 and 2012.
Bentley comes to K-State via Milton, Ga., and will join the team as a Hunter Seat rider. In 2012, she qualified and competed at the Platinum Performance Talent Search Finals (East) and earned the bronze medal of distinction, as well as qualifying for the 2012 Hunterdon Cup. In 2011 and 2012, Bentley qualified and competed in both the USEF Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals. She has also boasted a high ranking in the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Standings (East) as well as being an EAP qualifier.
Bentley serves as the Junior President of the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, has earned a 3.70 GPA as well as competes as a member of her high school’s varsity swim team. Bentley’s parents, Rob and Laura Bentley were both All-American tennis players at Appalachian State University in 1982.
Graves will be joining the Wildcats from Coto de Caza, Calif., and will add talent to the Hunter Seat squad. In 2012, Graves rode her way to a win in the 2012 ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals (Zone 10) as well as earning a fourth-ranked standing in the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Standings (West). Graves also qualified and competed at the USEF Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay National Finals in 2012, along with earning a fifth-place finish at the 2012 CPHA Junior Medal Finals.
In 2011, she finished eighth in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals (Zone 10), fourth in the CPHA Foundation Finals and third in the CPHA Junior Finals. As a young equestrian, Graves boasted many top placings in regional equitation championships as well as top finishes at AA rated horse shows up and down the West Coast.
Hailing from Frankfort, Ill., Lombardi will add depth to K-State’s Horsemanship side. Lombardi is currently top 10 in the Nation in Youth Hunt Seat Equitation and has been named the 2012 LLQHA Youth 14-18 Year End All-Around Champion, while earning the 14-18 All-Around Champion award in 2011 for both the LLQHA and ILQHA. In 2011 she earned a Youth AQHA Championship and finished 5th in the Nation for limited rider Hunt Seat Equitation. To date she has earned 2 Superiors, 26 AQHA All-Around titles and 18 AQHA Reserve All-Around titles to date. She has accumulated over 430 AQHA points in her career, qualified for the AQHYA World Show multiple times, and has multiple top 10 finishes in Horsemanship, Equitation, and Trail at the Quarter Horse Congress. Outside of the arena, Alyssa has held many ILQHYA officer positions and is currently the Region 3 Director for AQHYA. She will serve as the 2013 President elect for ILQHYA. In addition to her riding highlights, Alyssa maintains a 3.60 GPA and participates in the History and Math Honors Society at her high school.
A product of Mount Juliet, Tenn., Ramsey will join the Wildcats’ Hunter seat squad. In 2012, she earned impressive placings in the 15-17 Large Junior Hunter divisions at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show. Ramsey also qualified and competed at the 2012 USEF Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals. In 2011, she was the NAL High Point Children’s Hunter Rider. Ramsey was
the 2008 USEF National Champion in the Medium Green Pony Hunters and was the 2009 National Reserve Champion in the Medium Pony Hunters.
Throughout her career, she has earned top finishes at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, USEF Pony Finals and AA horse shows nationwide in the Junior Hunters, Children’s jumpers, Equitation and Pony Hunters. Academically, Ramsey has been named to the President’s List all 4 years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club.
The Wildcats finished the 2012-13 fall season with an overall record of 6-2. K-State will kick-off the spring season on Feb. 1, when the Wildcats travel to Fresno, Calif., for a pair of meets against Fresno State and Auburn.
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