July 1, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. - After finishing the 2010 spring campaign as a national runner-up, Kansas State equestrian has had a busy, yet, productive summer with the promotion of one of its staff members, a transition to a new facility for the 2010-11 season and a move to a full varsity schedule.
Head coach Casie Lisabeth announced on Thursday that current assistant coach Casey Finnell will be taking over the Hunter Seat program. Finnell will enter her fourth season with the K-State equestrian program. The product of Lenexa, Kan., was a two-year letterwinner for the Wildcats and was 13-6-1 in her final year of competition and helped K-State to a third-place Hunter Seat team finish at the 2007 Varsity Equestrian National Championships.
"Coach Finnell has worked hard assisting our program these past few years and learning the ropes of coaching and recruiting," stated Lisabeth about Finnell's new responsibilities. "She brings the experience from both a student-athlete's perspective, as well as a coach, which will really benefit our athletes and help them succeed. I am excited to have her take over the Hunter Seat program and have high expectations for the program under her guidance."
After 11 years of calling Fox Creek Farm its home stable, Kansas State equestrian will move to Timbercreek Stables for the 2010-11 season. Timbercreek Stables located on the east side of Manhattan off Highway 24, features 18 stalls, 22 runs, pasture space, an indoor and outdoor arena and two round pens. There are also additional projects under way in preparation for K-State's fall season. Lisabeth feels the move will help in the program's continued growth.
"We are excited and lucky to have been given the opportunity to move our practice and competition facility into a barn that will be solely used by K-State Equestrian. Fox Creek Farms was a great place for our team to grow and become competitive, and now we are excited for the opportunity to take it to the next level. The move to Timbercreek Stables will allow us to expand our horse herd and practice schedule which will really help advance our program. I would really like to thank our administration for being so supportive during this move."
The final change for the K-State equestrian program this summer came in the form of its schedule for the 2010-11 season. The Wildcats will no longer participate in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions and will transition to a full varsity schedule. Lisabeth views the change as a positive and will help the scheduling and ranking processes.
"IHSA was a great founding format for our team and we have been lucky to have the opportunity to slowly transition away from IHSA and into a full-fledged Varsity format program. The transition allowed our riders who had accumulated points to continue to earn individual points towards qualifying for Regionals and beyond and go compete at that level. We will now compete solely in the Varsity format, thus allowing ourselves to fill a 15 competition schedule with shows that will all count towards Varsity Equestrian statistics and rankings."