Casie Maxwell, Head Equestrian Coach
Casie Maxwell enters her fourth season as K-State head equestrian coach, after she took full reigns of the program in 2009-10 following her promotion to head coach during the summer of 2009, after two seasons as co-head coach.
In Maxwell's first full season, she guided the program to a national runner-up finish at the 2010 VENC and has placed K-State riders among the top five Western teams in the nation in each of the last four seasons.
During the 2008-09 season, she led the Western squad to a fifth place national finish at the 2009 VENC and a 10-6-2 record on the year. She also tutored Alyssa Freeman, who became the first Wildcat in school history to compete at the VENC as an individual.
At the 2008 VENC, the Wildcats took third with their only loss during the tournament coming to eventual national champion Texas Christian.
Also in 2008, each rider that competed in the varsity horsemanship or reining earned a "Most Valuable Player" award. Each show, the judge gives an MVP award to whatever rider he or she thinks rode the best, regardless of whether her score was the highest of the day or not.
The end of Maxwell's second season at K-State was highlighted by the selection of Morgan Campbell to compete at the prestigious Collegiate Reining Invitational held at the 2008 NRHA Derby. Only four riders from all of the varsity equestrian programs nationwide are chosen each year to compete. Campbell was the second rider tutored by Maxwell to be selected for the Invitational; former Wildcat Sara Weller participated in 2007.
Prior to coming to Kansas State as an assistant coach in 2006, Maxwell served as a student coach at Texas A&M University, where she assisted with an Aggie squad that placed third nationally in Western at both the Varsity Equestrian and IHSA National Championships. As a four-year member of the Aggie equestrian team, she was the Reserve High Point Regional Rider of the Year in 2005 and also had two top-four finished at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships as a senior. Maxwell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M in 2005.
Anna Becker, Assistant Coach - Hunter Seat
Anna Becker is in her first season with K-State equestrian as an assistant coach responsible for the hunter seat program.
"I am excited to add Anna to our staff here at K-State," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "She comes into the program at a great time, as we have a strong returning Hunter Seat team combined with a very deep recruiting class. I am confident that her personal and collegiate background have prepared her well for the coaching world and she will continue to push our program towards the goal of winning a National Championship."
Hailing from Branchville, N.J., Becker graduated from Auburn in 2013 with Cum Laude honors.
Becker brings a wealth of experience from her time at Auburn. The incoming coach helped her side win two NCEA Overall and Hunter Seat National Championships (2011, 2013) while also helping her school win back-to-back SEC titles in 2010 and 2011. Becker also had an outstanding amateur career, winning the 2008 Maclay at Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix Horse Show, the 2009 Maclay at Lake Placid Horse Show and the 2009 USET Talent Search at the I Love New York Horse Show.
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Kate Chesley, Assistant Coach - Western
Kate Chesley enters her third year with the K-State equestrian team, and her first year as a full time assistant Western coach. The 2010 graduate of New Mexico State University brings a high level of knowledge and experience to the K-State equestrian program and served as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats last season.
An El Paso, Texas native, Chesley's primary duties include the oversight of all administrative duties of the team, assisting with the Western coaching and care and maintenance of the horses.
Prior to her time in Manhattan, Chesley rode for the NMSU equestrian team from 2005-09, where 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.
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