Equestrian Team Prepares for English and Western Regionals
MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State equestrian team will enter their last weekend of regular season competition with high hopes toward qualifying for the postseason when they play host to a Western and English show on March 19-20, followed by Regionals.
The Western team currently leads Black Hawk College for first place in Region 2 by a margin of 17 points, while the English team also holds first place in Region 2. The Western show on Saturday morning and the English show on Sunday morning will serve as the last regular season shows, and also as the last chance for riders to accumulate points and qualify for individual postseason competition. In addition, the Western team is looking to use the last regular season show to solidify their regional lead.
The riders who do qualify will compete at Regionals, which will follow both the Western and English shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. There is no team competition at Regionals, and only the individuals who place in the top two in their respective classes will qualify for Zone competition.
“Our Western team is leading the region by 17 points, but we need a good show on Saturday morning to solidify that lead and to advance,” head coach Teresa Slough said. “The English team has a large enough lead within the region that it will not be possible for another school to catch us. So while we know our English team will be advancing, this weekend will be an important preparation for those riders who will be riding for the team at Zones.”
The Western show is set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, with Regionals following in the afternoon. The English show is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Sunday, while Regionals will follow at 3 p.m. The shows will be held at Fox Creek Stables.