Nov. 3, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State equestrian student-athlete Meredith Finch was named Big 12 Rider of the Month for her performance in Equitation on the Flat for the month of October, in an announcement by the conference office. Finch, along with four riders from Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, respectively, are a part of the inaugural Rider of the Month class, as this is the first year the Big 12 has officially sponsored the sport.
A junior from Somerville, Ohio, Finch amassed an overall record of 3-2, which includes two match-MVP awards. Her victories came against from Minnesota-Crookston, Baylor and TCU, with her MVP honors coming against UMC and TCU. Finch has helped the seventh-ranked Wildcats to a record of 2-3 in the early stages of the 2011 season.
"We are very proud of Meredith Finch for being recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month," said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. "She has had an outstanding season thus far and has really stepped up as a leader in the Flat arena. We continue to expect strong performances from her throughout her career. On a bigger level, we are really excited about the addition of these awards this year that came along with equestrian being recognized as an official Big 12 sport."
Also receiving Rider of the Month honors were Lisa Goldman of Baylor and Ali Rose of Oklahoma State (Equitation Over Fences), Texas A&M's Lindsey Burnbaum (Reining) and Carey Nowacek (Horsemanship). The Big 12 will name Riders of the Month in each event for the months of November, February and March.
K-State will be back in action next Friday as they host defending Big 12 champion, Texas A&M at TimberCreek Stables. The match, which is the final home event of the fall, begins at 10 a.m., and admission is free to the public.