K-State Equestrian Team will Ride into Season Opener at SMS
MANHATTAN, KAN.- Kansas State Equestrian team will head to Southwest Missouri State on Oct. 11-12 for their season opener. The Wildcat Western team has six returning national qualifiers, including junior Elaine Cobb, who won the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association individual national championship in intermediate horsemanship. Last season at SMS, Cobb placed fourth and sixth in intermediate horsemanship.
Junior Kristin Tanney became the first K-State team American Quarter Horse National Champion with her win in advanced horsemanship. In 2002, Tanney placed both second and fifth in the two-day competition at SMS.
Also placing at nationals were Erin Peery, Katy Myers and Lauren Allen.
At the SMS show last season, the Wildcats captured nine first-place finishes in the two-day western competition. Winners included Jessie Baldwin and Dehlia Burdan in advanced II horsemanship, Lindsey Hicks in advanced I horsemanship, Erin Rees and Beverly Wilson in intermediate II horsemanship, Jessica Dubin in intermediate I horsemanship, Amanda Gigot in open horsemanship and Brandi Vogel in open reining and open horsemanship.
Riding begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday with the beginner I horsemanship competition. Sunday's show is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
The Wildcat Western team is coached by Lindsay Breidenthal, who is in her third year.