Equestrian Prepares for Home Opener against Baylor

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State equestrian team will host its first
competition this Friday as it takes on Baylor in a head-to-head
competition at Fox Creek Farm beginning at 10 a.m.

“The entire team is looking forward to our home opener this weekend
against Baylor,” English head coach Ashley Foster said. “Last week the
Hunter Seat team was incredibly strong in all of our practices. We plan
to carry that focus through this week to pull out a win against

The head-to-head match will feature a total of 38 K-State riders in both
English and Western styles. English will send 18 riders and Western
will have 20 riders compete.

On the English side, K-State’s roster in Equitation over Fences will
include senior Whitney Snyder, who went 2-0 last week against South
Dakota State, junior Leslie Yates, who won her match last weekend
against SDSU, sophomore Kendall Marvin, who collected two MVP awards
last weekend, sophomore Ashley Collett, who also went 1-0 last weekend
and sophomore Paige Sullivan who is making her first appearance of the

In Equitation on the Flat the Wildcats will feature Snyder, Yates,
Marvin, and junior Jennifer Giraldin, who also collected a 1-0 record
last week. Freshman Julie Wolfert will complete the Wildcat lineup on
the flat, making her varsity equestrian debut.

In Western, K-State’s Horsemanship team will feature sophomore Laura
Browne, who collected her first win of the season last week and earned
her first MVP of the season against SDSU, senior Lindsey Salsbury,
sophomore Courtney Watters, junior Jana Lechtenberg, who is 1-0 on the
season and freshman Alyssa Freeman, who went 1-0 last week in her
Wildcat debut.

In Reining, K-State will send a solid squad of sophomore Morgan
Campbell, who earned the reining MVP award against SDSU, sophomore Dani
Pettera, who won her match last weekend, sophomore Kaylee Stout,
freshman Alecia Zimbelman, who also picked up her first win at K-State
against SDSU, and Alyssa Freeman, who will show in varsity reining for
the first time.

“Baylor was a huge competitor for us last year and we are looking
forward to opening our home season against them,” Western head coach
Casie Williamson said. “We came home from our first competition and
worked hard on our mistakes, so we will be anxious to see where we
stand this weekend. This will be a great opportunity to show a lot of
people on our team and give some more athletes a feel for the Varsity

This weekend’s show will also feature riders performing in JV classes,
including in Equitation over Fences junior Christine Fosnacht, junior
Paige Kovari and sophomore Bridget Doyle. In the Ancillary Equitation
over Fences portion of the show K-State will ride junior Hannah
Schroller, junior Dresden Sommer, senior Juliann Todd, sophomore Kayla
Potter and sophomore Liz Godfrey.

In JV Equitation on the flat riding for K-State is sophomore Jessica
Hensley, junior Katie Mellon and senior Lindsay Cook.

In Western, JV Reining will include junior Caley Coffey, sophomore Dana
Johnson and Salsbury. In JV Horsemanship K-State will compete with
sophomore Mikaela Sundgren, sophomore Josie Kness and senior Sarah

The final competition of the weekend will feature Ancillary Horsemanship
and will showcase sophomore Kyla Copple, junior Alden Haugh, senior
Emily Wolfe, sophomore Nicole Keenan and senior Leanne Thompson.

In K-State’s first match of the season last Saturday, the Wildcats
defeated South Dakota State,
11-5, in Brookings, S.D.

Results from the show will be available online at kstatesports.com as
they become available.


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