Vogel Comes Through Strong in Second Show
Manhattan, Kan. - The Kansas State Western equestrian rider Brandi Vogel came through strong in the second of three equestrian shows, with two first-place finishes Saturday evening hostedy by Truman State University in Columbia, Mo. at Midway Expo Center. These two first-place finishes earned her High-Point Rider honors. This is the second time this season the Vogel has achieved this honor.
In the first show, the ‘Cats were narrowly beat out by Iowa State which scored 14 points. Black Hawk CC won the show with 25 points. With a new judge for the second show, K-State went to work and won the show with 21 points.
“I couldn’t have asked for the women to ride any better than they did the those two shows,” head coach Lindsay Breidenthal said. “When the judges are looking at horsemanship and skill, we will win out every time. The quality of the judges matters and we could see that today.”
Senior Jill Sump (advanced II) and freshman Andrea Wosel (intermediate II) won in the first show. Three ‘Cats, junior Lauren Allen (intermediate II), sophomores Elaine Cobb (intermediate II) and Sarah Grotheer (advanced II) finished second. Sophomores Jessica Dubin, Lindsey George (advanced I), freshman Lindsey Hicks (advanced I) and Vogel (open reining and open horsemanship) all placed third.
In the second show, first-place finishes were by Allen (intermediate II), junior Beverly Wilson (advanced I), senior Amanda Gigot (open reining),senior Erin Rees (advanced I), Vogel (open reining and open horsemanship) and Wosel (intermediate II). Sophomore Krystal Briggs (intermediate II), Cobb (intermediate II), freshman Lacey Glover (open horsemanship), Grotheer (advanced II) and junior Amanda Olbricht (open horsemanship) each earned second-place ribbons. Finishing in third place were senior Jessie Baldwin (open horsemanship), freshman Ruth Bradley (intermediate II), sophomore Dehlia Burdan (advanced II), junior Megan Hemberger (advanced I) and freshman Heather Zsamba (advanced II).
Senior Amber Fox, Briggs and Wilson reached postseason status at Iowa State on Oct. 6-7. Seniors Baldwin, Beth Jones and Rees qualified at SW Missouri State Sept. 21-22. The Region 2 event will be held Mar. 9 at Black Hawk CC in Kewanee, Ill.
For a rider to qualify for postseason competition, she must “point-up” from her current division. The first level of postseason competition is regionals. To be eligible, one must earn 35 points throughout the year. If a rider is in the open division, one must only earn 28 points. Points from the previous year carry over, unless she is an open division rider. The top three competitors at regional competition go on to zone competition. The top two in zone competition qualify for nationals.
The Western final show will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. This will be the ‘Cats final show of the fall season.