Equestrian Gears Up for Big 12 Classic
Saturday’s show will start at 10 a.m. with a show order of fences, followed by horsemanship, flat and reining. Sunday’s show will begin at 9 a.m. in the same order as Saturday’s competition. Sunday performances will be based on who wins in their bracket on Saturday.
The four schools competing were ranked based on their season’s performances with the Aggies from Texas A&M taking the top seed, followed by K-State and Oklahoma State, who were tied for the second seed and fourth-seeded Baylor.
English riders who will compete in fences include Whitney Snyder, Casey Finnell, Leslie Yates and Kendall Marvin, while Snyder, Finnell, Yates and Jenny Giraldin will ride on the flat. Snyder enters the weekend with a 14-5-1 record in all English head-to-head matches this season.
In Western, K-State will send a lineup of Sara Weller, Lindsey Salsbury, Jana Lechtenberg and Laura Browne in horsemanship while Weller, Salsbury, Morgan Campbell and Dennon Zimbelman will compete in reining. Salsbury enters the weekend having won her last four head-to-head meetings, while she is 12-7-2 on the season. Weller, last season’s IHSA National Champion in reining, is 14-8-2 on the season in all Western competitions.
"I am really happy with how the western girls ended the regular season and how they have continued to practice,” Western coach Casie Lisabeth said. “They are really expressing their confidence in the show pen with strong performances. Our plan is to remain confident and clear-headed in the postseason and finish the year strong."
In other action this weekend several K-State English riders will compete in IHSA Regionals in Lake in the Woods, Illinois, including Dresden Sommer in Intermediate Flat, Macie Ayers in Novice Flat, Nicolle Harkness in Advanced Walk Trot Canter, Lianna Bodlack in Advanced Walk Trot Canter and Erin Paulsen in Advanced Walk Trot Canter.
The weekend’s show will begin at 9 a.m., with a regular season IHSA show hosted by
Senior Gentry Horigan needs to earn four points in the morning IHSA show in Intermediate Fences and Intermediate Flat to qualify for Regionals. Junior Katie Edwards also needs four points in Advanced Walk Trot Canter to qualify for Regionals.
Riders that place in the top two spots in their respective classes at Regionals will qualify for Zones, which will take place this Sunday, at
Results from the weekend’s show will be available online at kstatesports.com as they become available.