Vogel Takes First Place At IHSA National Competition
Sophomore Brandi Vogel became K-State's first-individual national champion after winning a first-place trophy at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national competition this afternoon. The show is hosted by Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, N.Y. Vogel competed in advanced horsemanship and was the first of four Wildcat student-athletes to showcase their talent.
"I am very proud of Brandi's performance today," said head coach Lindsay Breidenthal. "Her hard work, determination, and commitment paid off and showed through in today's performance. We are all very excited for her. I expect Kelli, Amber and Kelly to have great performances in their respective classes."
This was Vogel's fourth first-place and eighth top-three finish of the season.
Senior Kelly Gratny will be competing tomorrow in open reining. While junior Amber Everhart (beginner horsemanship) and sophomore Kelli Wilson (walk/trot/canter) will have to wait until Sunday for their turn.
To qualify for IHSA National Competition, riders must be one of the top-two finishers in their class at zone. Wilson, who received a third-place medal at zone, advanced due to a University of Colorado rider being unable to attend. To qualify for zone competition, riders had to place in one of the top-three slots in their class at the Region 2 Competition.
Competition continues tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.. Complete results and rider lists can be found at www.ihsa.com.