Kansas State English Equestrian Team has Strong Showing at Northwestern Show
CHICAGO, Ill. -- This past weekend, the Kansas State English equestrian team traveled to Chicago for the first show of the spring season, as they finished Saturday with a perfect score of 49 points, the first time K-State has ever accomplished the feat . Sunday was nothing different as K-State finished in first-place again with 39 points.
Allison Woodworth and Dehlia Burdan started the day with first place finishes in open fences. In intermediate fences, Lauren Demmel and Melissa Thompson finished first and second, respectively. Wrapping up the fence competition in novice fences, Janelle Orr and Bridget Fleming finished first and Brett Beale in second. In the open flat, Dehlia Burdan placed first and Meghan Felts and Sarah Waxman tied for second. Sara Zurliene and Kelli Wilson finished first and second, respectively, in intermediate flat. While Janelle Orr, Brett Beale, Megan Westberg and Jenae Grossart all finished first in Novice Flat. In walk/trot/canter, Macie Ayers placed first, and, in walk/trot, both Connie Kill and Sam Gerecke were first-place finishers while Rachel Etkin placed second. At the end of the day, Janelle Orr and Dehlia Burdan tied for High-Point Rider; but, after a ride-off, Burdan was victorious.
Sunday was no different for the Cats. Burdan and Woodworth both finished first in open fence again as Heather Chatham was second. In intermediate fences, Sara Zurliene was first while Natalie Bennett and Melissa Thompson both finished second. Megan Westberg was a first-place finisher in novice fence. In open flat, Woodworth and Burdan were first and second respectively, and in intermediate flat Lauren Demmel was a first-place finisher. Novice flat was swept by the Cats as Christy Conforti and Megan Westberg both placed first. Danielle Ostrowski was first in advanced walk/trot/canter and Connie Kill was second in walk/trot. High-Point rider on Sunday ended in a tie between Allison Woodworth and Megan Westberg. After a coin toss Allison Woodworth was awarded the high-point ribbon.
“This is our biggest win ever,” assistant coach Meghan Cunningham said. “We were ready to get back and the girls were ready to ride. We were very energized.”
The Western and English teams will travel to the University of South Carolina this weekend for a two-day invitational show.