K-State Equestrian Finishes Tied for First at SMS Invite
Springfield, Mo.-The Kansas State Wildcat western equestrian team finished its first competition of the season in a first-place tie with Black Hawk College (Ill.) after a strong second-day showing at the Southwest Missouri State Invitational. K-State finished the competition with six individual titles and six second-place finishes.
Trailing Black Hawk College after the first day of competition, the Wildcats rallied to force a tie after the second day of the show. K-State was led by Erin Peery who finished with two individual titles, winning the Open Section I and Open Reining Section II titles.
Other individual winners for the Wildcats included Rachel Etkin (Beginner Section I), Andrea Wosel (Intermediate II), Dehila Burdan (Advanced Section II) and Heather Zsamba (Advanced Section I).
K-State was also aided with six second-place finishes, including Margaret Lewis, who placed in the Intermediate I section, and Melissa Becking, who placed second in the Advanced II section.
Peery finished as the high-point rider on the second day of the competition while Brandi Vogel was the reserved high-point rider for the Wildcats.
The Kansas State equestrian team will return to action on October 24, when the team travels to Carbondale, Ill., to participate in the Southern Illinois University Invitational.
Team results: 1t. Kansas State 24 1t. Black Hawk College 24
Kansas State Individual results:
Beg. section 1 1. Rachel Etkin 3. Kristie Schneider
Novice section 2: 3. Elaine Cobb
Intermediate 1 2. Margaret Lewis
Novice section 3 4. Becky Abramovitz
Advanced section 1 1. Heather Zsamba 2. Erin Rees 3. Megan Felts
Intermediate 2 1. Andrea Wosel
Adv. sect. 2 1. Dehila Burdan 2. Melissa Becking
Open sec. 1 1. Erin Peery 2. Brandi Vogel
Interm. 2 sect. 3 2. Valerie Meyer
Open sect. 2 2. Lindsey Hicks
Intermediate 2 sect,. 4 3. Rachel Pierson
open reining 3. Brandi Vogel 4. Nicole Ruff
Open reining sect. 2 1. Erin Peery 3. Lindsey Hicks