Sept. 18, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A season after being crowned Western Reserve National Champions, the No. 5 Kansas State equestrian team begins its search for its first national title this week with a two-day road trip against No. 4 South Carolina and Delaware State. The Wildcats face off against the Gamecocks on Friday in Columbia, S.C., before a Saturday tilt with the Hornets in Dover, Del.
“The team is anxious to open up the 2013-14 season on the road this weekend,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “We are looking at a long three days against some great competition, so it will definitely be a huge test for our team. I am anxious to see how our returners start this season combined with testing some freshmen on the road. It should be a great preview for what is in store for our team this year."
Last season, K-State defeated the Gamecocks 14-6 in Manhattan. The Western team dominated their counterparts, 8-2. The Hunter Seat team came out on top, 6-4.
The Hunter Seat team will be led by captains Madison Wayda and Rachel Webster. The duo is a dual threat for the Wildcats, with both able to compete in Equitation over Fences and Equitation on the Flat. The pair combined for 38 wins last season.
In Equitation over Fences, seniors Cat Avolese and Shana Barnett will have the chance to make an early season impact. Freshmen Henley Adkins, Alexis Graves and Christina Martinelli will also be available. Jacquelyn Bogstad and Laura Lafnitzegger will also travel and could be called upon to compete in Equitation on the Flat.
Captains Kelly Bovaird and Jordan Cox lead a Western team that looks as strong as ever following the third Reserve National title in four years.
The Horsemanship team brings back several veteran riders. Aside from Bovaird, the Wildcats will have seniors Amelia Crites, Chayna DeNicolo and Rachel Wetherell available as well as sophomore Danielle Kemper and freshman Alyssa Lombardi.
In Reining, K-State will look to Cox to lead the charge. Bovaird will be available as will Kara Guy, Kelsey Karanges, Margaret Peine and Emily Stockford.
Live scoring for the match against South Carolina can be followed by visiting the K-State equestrian schedule page at kstatesports.com.
K-State returns to Manhattan, Kan., on Sept. 28 for the home opener against Oklahoma State at Timbercreek Stables.