K-State's Western Team Wins Third Show At Oklahoma State
Feb. 11, 2001
STILLWATER, Okla. - The western portion of the K-State women's equestrian team tied Texas A&M for first place in the Wildcats' third and final show of the weekend. The Wildcats finished with 27 points in the last show of the season. K-State finished ahead of West Texas A&M (23 points) and Oklahoma State (22 points).
Kelly Gratny once again had an impressive showing. Gratny was Reserve High Point Rider after placing first in Open Horsemanship and second in Reining. The following Wildcats were among the top three in their divisions: Jessie Baldwin (1st, Advanced II), Abby Oldridge (2nd, Advanced II), Sarah Pittenger (3rd, Advanced II), Brooks Kancel (2nd, Intermediate II), Kara Nielsen (3rd, Advanced I), Heather Hogan (1st, Advanced I), Sarah Keller (3rd, Intermediate II) and Megan Hemberger (1st, Beginner).
Four riders qualified for regional competition, which takes place, Mar. 3, in College Station, Texas. Gratny qualified in both Reining and Open Horsemanship. Megan Douthit will compete at regionals in Advanced. Nielsen will show in the Intermediate division and Hemberger qualified in the Walk/Trot category.
K-State compiled 186 points this season and finished third in the region overall behind West Texas A&M (206 points) and Texas A&M (193 points). The 'Cats won two-of-three shows in the final western event of the season.
The English side of the roster will finish its regular-season schedule next weekend. The Wildcats travel to Canyon, Texas, Feb. 17-18, for a three-show event hosted by West Texas A&M.