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K-State to Host IHSA Hunt Seat Shows Saturday


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MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State equestrian team will take a break from Varsity competition this weekend as the Hunt Seat squad will host 10 teams from across the region Saturday at Fox Creek Farm in a morning and afternoon IHSA Hunt Seat show. The morning session is set to begin at 8 a.m., while the afternoon session scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

"The IHSA is a terrific format for many of our team members," said associate head coach Gardner Powell. "As a coach it helps to see how riders perform in the competitive arena. Many of our freshmen will debut this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing them compete."

In the morning show, the Wildcats will look towards a trio of seniors that include Amber Barratti, Kayla St. Clair and Patricia Carney to lead K-State to a High Point Team title. Barratti will hope to build upon a first place finish in Novice Equitation on the Flat at last year's home IHSA show as she competes Saturday in both Novice Equitation over Fences and Novice Equitation on the Flat. This will mark the third season in which St. Clair will compete at the IHSA level, as she looks to take first in both Novice Equitation over Fences and Novice Equitation on the Flat as well. Rounding out the trio, Carney will start her third season of competition in Novice Equitation on the Flat, after finishing last season with three third place finishes in the category.

The morning session will also feature a pair of freshmen that will face their first competition at the collegiate level on Saturday. Freshman Paige Lechtenberg will compete in Intermediate Equitation on the Flat while freshman Katie Haukos will see her first action in both Open Equitation over Fences and Open Equitation on the flat. Rounding out the K-State squad for the morning session will be sophomore Jasmin Walters, who will look to win Novice Equitation over Fences after a sixth place finish in the event last year.

In the second session of the day, K-State will have to get strong rides out of a young team in order to place, as only two of the riders competing, Carney and Walters, have previous collegiate experience. In all, five freshmen riders will get their first taste of collegiate competition in the afternoon session. In the Novice Equitation over Fences category, freshmen Katherine Deichmann and Mariah Charland will look to have strong performances. Freshmen Cody Hadrick and Mallory Zila will compete in Novice Equitation on the flat, and freshman Melanie Hinzpeter will round out the show by riding in the Intermediate Equitation over Fences and Intermediate Equitation on the Flat competitions.

Competing against the Wildcats this weekend will be riders from Washington University, University of Kansas, Missouri State University, Truman State University, Augustana University, Iowa State University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Western Illinois University.

Eight different levels of Hunter Seat riding comprise the IHSA format from beginner through USEF Medal/Maclay riders. Riders compete individually for a first through sixth placing, and their points are added up to declare a "High Point Team" or "Reserve High Point Team" which are awarded to the top two point-earning teams at the show.

On an individual basis, riders accumulate points from season to season in all division but the open division to determine postseason consideration. Acquiring 35 points in a respective division earns a rider a trip to regionals, where riders will then compete for the top two placings in their class to go on to zones. At zones, a rider must also place first or second to move on to nationals, which will be held this year at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., May 6-9. However, open riders have to start their points over each year as there is no division to point up.

K-State Hunt Seat Lineup 


Morning Show

Open Equitation over Fences

1. Katie Haukos

Open Equitation on the Flat

1. Katie Haukos

Intermediate Equitation on the Flat

1. Paige Lechtenberg

Novice Equitation over Fences

1. Amber Barratti

2. Jasmin Walters

3. Kayla St. Clair

Novice Equitation on the Flat

1. Amber Barratti

2. Patricia Carney

3. Kayla St. Clair

Afternoon Show

Intermediate Equitation over Fences

1. Melanie Hinzpeter

Intermediate Equitation on the Flat

1. Paige Lechtenberg

2. Melanie Hinzpeter

Novice Equitation over Fences

1. Jasmin Walters

2. Katherine Deichmann

3. Mariah Charland

Novice Equitation on the Flat

1. Cody Hadrick

2. Mallory Zila

3. Patricia Carney

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