MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State equestrian team will look for a bright start to the 2007-08 season and will mix a talented class of incoming freshmen with a group of upperclassmen who have worked hard all summer earning awards and recognition throughout the Midwest. This year’s recruiting class includes five riders each from Kansas and Colorado, three from Texas, and one from Missouri. The Wildcats also return the majority of their varsity letter-winners and 15 of the 18 girls who rode at the 2007 Varsity Equestrian National Championships.
Christina Costello, freshman in Marketing and Public Relations, has an assortment of awards from the past year, including two 2nd place ribbons and one 5th place in Intermediate Adult at the Robert Murphy Horse Show in Kentucky. Christina also was Limit Rider-Champion at the Irish Fox Horse Show in Missouri. In the 2006 year-end standings for the Missouri Hunter/Jumper Association, Christina earned the title of State Champion and the Intro Rider Jumper Reserve State Champion for the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization. Christina rides for the Hunter Seat squad and is from St. Louis, Mo.
Sierra Fredrick, freshman in Biology/Pre Dentistry, earned a Circuit Champion award in Hunter Under Saddle at both the Arizona Sun Circuit and the Silver Dollar Circuit in Las Vegas. Sierra also qualified and competed at the 2007 AQHYA World Championship Show in both Showmanship and Hunter Under Saddle, earning a top 20 semi-finalist finish. Her success in the show arena the first part of the 2007 show year earned her a 3rd place finish in the AQHA national standings for Hunter Under Saddle at the end of the summer. Sierra was recruited to ride Western for the Wildcats and is from Lincoln, Neb.
Elizabeth Kennedy, freshman in Animal Science, was featured in an article for The Wrangler, a horse and rodeo news source for the state of Kansas. The article recognized Elizabeth for her determination and dedication to horses, as well as making the Kansas State Equestrian team. Elizabeth earned a spot to ride for the Western Squad and is from Topeka, Kan.
Hayley Milch, junior in Animal Science, showed in the South Central Stock Horse Association over the summer and received the High-Point All-Around 19+ Circuit Championship during the Futurity weekend. Haley also ended up with the Reserve High-Point All-Around 19+ Year End Buckle. Haley is a walk-on addition to the Western squad and comes to K-State from her hometown of Rozel, Kan.
Julie Wolfert, freshman in Animal Science, won the Hidden Hollow Horse Trials this summer, her first time competing at the Preliminary level. Her success in her Preliminary debut earned her a spot at the American Eventing Championships, which were held September 13-16 in Wayne, Ill. At the AECs, Julie earned a first place in the dressage arena after the first round of competition. Julie comes from her hometown of Overland Park, Kan., to ride for the Hunter Seat squad.
Alecia Zimbelman, freshman in Biology/Pre Dentistry, also qualified and competed at the 2006 AQHYA World Championship Show in both Working Cow Horse and Reining. Alecia was recruited to ride for the Western squad and is from St. Francis, Kan.
Allie Archer, sophomore in Bio-Engineering/Pre-Vet, recently served as captain of the first-place Showing Jumping team at the United States Pony Club Championships in Lexington, Kent. Included on her five-person team were members from California, Florida, Michigan and New Zealand. The Show Jumping finals featured a timed course with heights and spreads up to four feet. Allie competed on her Appendix Quarter Horse Benvolio. The event was held July 24-31 with more than 1200 participants from all over the United States and several foreign countries. In order to qualify for Championships, Allie competed at a Regional Pony Club event in Claremore, Okla. Allie competes in Hunter Seat events for K-State and is from McPherson, Kan.
Kendall Marvin, sophomore in Animal Science, traveled to California this summer where she showed at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic. Kendall was Show Champion for Modified Adult Jumpers, Reserve Show Champion for Adult Jumpers, Reserve Show Champion for Schooling Jumpers, 4th in the Adult Jumper Derby, and 3rd in the Pickwick 3’6” Jumper Medal, qualifying for medal finals in September. Kendall rides Hunter Seat for the Wildcats and competed at the 2007 Varsity Championships in Equitation Over Fences. Kendall is from Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Lindsey Salsbury, senior in Marketing, qualified for the 2007 AQHA World Championship Show in Hunter Under Saddle. The AQHA World Show features the best of the best in the American Quarter Horse Association competition, and will be held November 2-17 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Lindsey is a co-captain for her team this year and returns as a 2006-07 varsity letter-winner, capping off her junior year by competing in both reining and horsemanship for the Wildcats at the 2007 Varsity Equestrian National Championships. Lindsey is from Topeka, Kan.
Mikaela Sundgren, sophomore in Open Option, from El Dorado, Kan., qualified for and competed at the AQHYA World Championship Show in August in her final year of youth competition. Mikaela made the semi-finals out of 101 entries in the Hunter Under Saddle. Mikaela rides on the Western squad for the Wildcats.