K-State English Equestrian Team Will Send Five Riders to Nationals
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State English equestrian team had a bittersweet Zone 9 Competition on Saturday, as their team did not not qualify for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Nationals competition in Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 7-9. However, Allison Woodworth, Sara Waxman, Lindsey Hicks and Janelle Orr placed in the top two in their respective classes to ride their way into the national competition.
Dehlia Burdan didn’t place in the top-two at Zones in her individual events, but she has already qualified for nationals as a competitor for the Cacchione Cup. Burdan was the High-Point Rider for Region 2 earning her this honor.
Placing first for the Wildcats in open over fences was Woodworth who will head to nationals. Woodworth rode at nationals last year for the English team in open fences and open flat and also was in the running for the Cacchione Cup. This is her first year as an individual competitor.
“I’m really excited to go back to nationals,” Woodworth said. “Winning this class (open over fences) gave me a lot of confidence going into the Varsity Championships and nationals.”
Waxman also finished first at Zones in intermediate over fences and Hicks brought home a first place finish in intermediate flat. The final qualifier for the English team is Janelle Orr who came in second in novice flat. These riders will compete at the national show as individual riders.
The English team rode well all season and came into Saturday’s competition as the point leader from Region 2 as they faced-up against Purdue and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It came down to the final class to determine which two teams would represent Zone 9 at nationals and Kansas State fell short of qualifying by one point.
“I’m disappointed that the team didn’t qualify,” said assistant coach Meghan Cunningham. “We had some errors and the competition was tough, so our errors added up. We worked hard and we were prepared, but things just didn’t fall into place.”
Both English and western teams are back in action April 22-23 at the NCAA Varsity Championships. ENGLISH ZONE 9 SHOW RESULTS, April 3, 2004 Team Scoring- Top two teams competing qualified for nationals Purdue 45; University of Wisconsin-Madison 42; Kansas State 41
Kansas State Team Placings Open Over Fences-2nd- Allison Woodworth; Open Flat-2nd- Dehlia Burdan; Intermediate Over Fences-3rd- Lauren Demmel Intermediate Flat-3rd- Natalie Bennett; Novice Flat-1st- Jenae Grossart; Walk/Trot/Canter-3rd- Natalie Poholsky Walk/Trot-2nd- Sam Gerecke, Kansas State
Individual Scoring- To compete at nationals Open Over Fences 1st- Allison Woodworth, Kansas State; 2nd- Lauren Flexon, Carleton College; 3rd- Dehlia Burdan, Kansas State Open Flat 1st- Lauren Flexon, Carleton College; 2nd- Krista Steinmetz, Purdue; 3rd- Dehlia Burdan; 4th- Allison Woodworth, Kansas State Intermediate Over Fences 1st- Sara Waxman, Kansas State; 2nd- Andres Monroy, University of Minnesota-Crookston Intermediate Flat 1st- Lindsey Hicks, Kansas State; 2nd- Jeanine Bullion, University of Indiana; 3rd- Lauren Demmel, Kansas State Novice Over Fences 1st- Megan Fisher, Riverfalls; 2nd- Ashley Fleck, Purdue Novice Flat 1st- Andrea Oliverlo, Notre Dame/St. Mary’s; 2nd- Janelle Orr, Kansas State Walk/Trot 1st- Jackie Watson, Indiana Univ./Purdue Univ.-Indianapolis; 2nd- Michelle Vennema, University of Wisconsin-Madison Walk/Trot/Canter 1st- Emily Maurer, Riverfalls; 2nd- Danielle Bula, Riverfalls; 3rd- Christy Conforti, Kansas State; 4th- Jessica Gittleman, Kansas State