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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 nine teams from across the region Saturday at Fox Creek Farm in a morning and afternoon IHSA Hunt Seat show. The show is set to begin at 8 a.m.

 

"We are looking forward to the IHSA show this weekend,” said Ashley Foster, Hunter Seat head coach. “Many riders will get the opportunity to compete for us for the first time this year.  We are hoping to pick up wins at both competitions this Saturday.  In order to pull out a win, we will be counting on strong performances from Christine Fosnacht, Dresden Sommer, Hannah Schroller, Caroline Sweeney, Wendy Wert, Erin Paulsen, and Kim Buran.  We will look to these riders to put us ahead in the point standings for the day."

 

Schroller will lead the Wildcats in IHSA competition this season. Last year, she placed third in intermediate fences and second on the flat at the Washington University show to qualify for regionals. She won first place at the IHSA Regionals in Chicago to qualify for the IHSA Zones in Madison, Wisc., where she took fourth place. Sommer finished third overall in intermediate fences at the IHSA Hunt Seat Regionals last season.

 

Sweeney qualified for nationals last year as well by placing third in Walk/Trot/Canter at the Washington IHSA show last season. This will be her first showing of the 2008 season, with Wendy Wert, Kim Buran, Hannah Schroller, and Christine Fosnacht showing for the first time as well.

 

Wert finished sixth overall in Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter at the IHSA Hunt Seat Regionals last season, and Paulsen took home the High Point Rider award at the IHSA Hunt Seat show at Fox Creek Farm on October 20, 2007.

 

Sommer also qualified for Hunt Seat Regionals last season, and took home a third place overall finish in intermediate fences. She took second place in intermediate fences and third in open equitation on the flat in St. Louis to qualify for regionals. She and Paulsen both have already shown this season, and are looking to pick up another win for Kansas State.

 

Competing against the Wildcats this weekend are Augustana College, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois at Carbondale, Kansas, Northwestern, Washington, Truman State, Missouri State and Western Illinois.

  

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 each show. 

 

On an individual basis, riders accumulate points from season to season in all divisions 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 Miller Coliseum in Murfreesburo, Tennessee, April 23-26. 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 Flat

1.         Dresden Sommer

2.         Christine Fosnacht

 

Open Fences

1.         Hannah Schroller

2.         Christine Fosnacht

 

Intermediate Flat

1.         Allie Archer

2.         Hannah Schroller

3.         Katie Mellon

 

Intermediate Fences

1.         Allie Archer

2.         Jen Rawle

3.         Katie Mellon

 

Novice Flat

1.         Wendy Wert

2.         Erin Paulsen

3.         Caroline Sweeney

4.         Jasmin Walters

 

Novice Fences

1.         Wendy Wert

2.         Erin Paulsen

3.         Caroline Sweeney

4.         Soffia Farrall da Cruz

 

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1.         Kim Buran

 

Afternoon Show

Open Flat

1.         Dresden Sommer

2.         Jenni Wright

 

Open Fences

1.         Jenni Wright

2.         Dresden Sommer

 

Intermediate Flat

1.         Katie Mellon

2.         Jen Rawle

3.         Christina Costello

 

Intermediate Fences

1.         Allie Archer

2.         Christina Costello

3.         Jen Rawle

 

Novice Flat

1.         Kayla St. Clair

2.         Amber Barratti

3.         Trish Carney

4.         Megan Beck

 

Novice Fences

1.         Natasha Vincent

2.         Kayla St. Clair

3.         Rebecca Wilt

4.         Trish Carney

 

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1.         Kim Buran

 

 

 

 

 

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