K-State Equestrian Team Seals the Deal at English Show
CARBONDALE, Ill.-Kansas State went into Sunday’s show leading their seven competitors at the Southern Illinois english equestrian show, and sealed the deal winning the competition with a total of 34 points.
Dehlia Burdan had good showing Sunday as she was High-Point Rider for the Wildcats with 14 points, finishing first in both Open Flats and Open Fences. At the end of the day’s competition, Burdan had to compete in a tie-breaking ride-off against a Northwestern rider for the honor; and it ended with Burdan coming away victorious.
“We really had a good weekend,” said assistant equestrian coach Meghan Cunningham. “We got ahead in points right away and had a strong showing by everyone.”
First-place finishers for the Cats were Burdan in Open Flat and Open Fences, Danielle Ostrowski in Advanced I walk/trot/canter (W/T/C), Jessica Gittleman in Beginner W/T/C, Macie Ayers in Advanced II W/T/C and Sam Gerecke in W/T section A.
Three of the five first-place finishers for K-State are newcomers to the team this season; Ostrowski, Ayers and Gerecke.
“As a whole, the walk-ons did a great job,” said Cunningham. “Everyone had an outstanding performance with very few errors.”
Second-place riders were Allison Woodworth in Open Flat and Open Fences II, Christy Conforti in Advanced I W/T/C, Kelli Wilson in Intermediate Flat, Casey Finnell in Open Fences I and Janelle Orr in Novice Fences.
This show concludes the fall schedule for the English riders. Catch the Wildcats in action in January when K-State opens its spring schedule at Northwestern.