Facing the team that had been ranked No. 1 for most of the season never fazed the Kansas State equestrian team Friday, as the Widlcats took down fourth-ranked Georgia, 13-7, at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan,
Junior Madison Wayda took home the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor in Equitation on the Flat.
“We are undefeated at home so far, so that is a boost of confidence for our team,” K-State head coach Casie Maxwell. “Georgia is an incredible team. They have a wealth of experience and have historically done well at the National Championships in the last few years.
“To be able to compete with them this early in the season is great.”
The Hunter Seat showed its dominance, taking down UGA, 7-3.
Friday opened with Equitation Over Fences, with the Wildcats taking an early 3-2 lead after the event. Freshman Henley Adkins earned the first point of the day after she took down UGA’s Abby O’Mara, 81-78.
Captain Rachel Webster scored an 82 on her ride and earned the second point after Olivia Dorey scored an 80.
Wayda earned her first win of the day when she won her head-to-head matchup against Megan Southam, 85-83.
Christina Martinelli scored an impressive 87 in her exhibition win.
After Equitation Over Fences, K-State looked fully in control after winning Equitation on the Flat, 4-1.
Jacquelyn Bogstad took home a victory after she defeated Kylee Arbuckle, 80-70. After UGA took the second point, Cat Avolese earned the first of three straight points for the Wildcats, with an 88-77 win over Leylan Gleeson.
Webster followed with a strong ride of her own, racking up an 87 for her second win of the day.
The best ride of the event belonged to Wayda, who put up an event high 91 on the final ride. Her performance earned her the MOP.
“It was truly an amazing win especially over such a powerful team that was ranked No. 1 for so long,” Wayda said. “We knew going into the meet that they are a strong team all around from Hunter Seat to Western and they do not just give away points.”
In the Western discipline, K-State bested the Bulldogs, 6-4.
The Horsemanship team fell to UGA, 3-2. Chayna DeNicolo took the first point after carding a 71 to defeat Vanessa Gillette. Danielle Kemper gave K-State its second point, when she recorded a 71.5 to edge out Sara Parr’s score of 68.
“I was really excited about my win today,” Kemper said. “It was on a horse that is definitely not the easiest and it was my first time showing him since last year, so I was really excited.”
Heading into Reining, K-State held a 9-6 lead, but the Wildcat Reiners never gave the Bulldogs a chance, sealing the win after taking the event, 4-1.
Savannah Smith opened the scoring frenzy with a 66.5-63.5 win over Lauren Tieche. Kara Guy followed with a 65.5-63 win over her counterpart. Emily Stockford was the third point scorer, when she knocked off Lauren Garmon, 69-67.
Senior Jordan Cox ended the day by taking down Lindsey Cheek, 66-59. Margaret Peine picked up an exhibition win over Rachel Kolb.
K-State ended the fall season with a 6-3 record. The team will have a few months off until it returns to action on Feb. 1 when the team travels to Brookings, S.D., for a pair of matches against Fresno State and South Dakota State.