The Kansas State equestrian team will provide a preview of the team for the 2014-15 season on Saturday with the fourth annual Purple-White scrimmage —beginning at 8 a.m. at Timbercreek Stables.
Admission to the event is free.
K-State head coach Casie Maxwell sees the scrimmage as a stepping-stone to starting the season off strong and a way for the team to really show off their hard work over the past few weeks.
“The Purple and White Scrimmage is the only opportunity we get to see all of our athletes in the competition arena,” Maxwell said in a release. “It’s a great way for us to kick off our season by evaluating our riders and allowing freshmen to compete in this format for the first time and everyone to work out their nervousness.
“We jump right into countable competition two weeks after this, so we expect that the team will put pressure on themselves to perform well while also being really supportive of one another.”
The Wildcats are coming off an solid season a year ago — a 11-6 overall record and undefeated mark at home.
K-State had six riders named NCEA All-Americans and 10 riders achieve Academic All-Big 12 status.
K-State goes into this season with a young team that features 20 new riders. The Wildcats also welcome back key several returning riders, including team captains Savannah Smith, Madison Wayda, Danielle Kemper and Chelsea Buttermore.
On Saturday, Wildcat riders will compete in Equitation over Fences, Horsemanship, Equitation on the Flat and Reining.
All riders will be riding in one event, as the competition will function as a normal gameday setting with riders competing head-to-head on pre-drawn horses.
This format will give each K-State equestrian student-athlete an opportunity to compete in a varsity setting.
K-State’s fall season officially begins Sept. 19, as the Wildcats host South Carolina at Timbercreek Stables.