After finishing second to Oklahoma State last season at the Big 12 Championship and NCEA National Championship finals, the fifth-ranked Kansas State equestrian team got a little measure of revenge as it knocked off OSU, 11-9, at Timbercreek Stables on Saturday.
The Wildcats had three riders earn Most Outstanding Players (MOP) accolades.
“It’s hard when it comes down to the last event, it puts pressure on the last five riders and it is unfair but it takes the whole team to win a meet,” K-State head coach Casie Maxwell. “I have to give props to our Hunter Seat team for getting us ahead.”
The Hunter Seat was impressive in the meet, outscoring OSU, 7-3.
The day began with Equitation Over Fences, which saw the Wildcats race out to an early 4-1 lead. Alexis Graves got things started after she earned the first of four consecutive points. Henley Adkins had a strong ride for K-State, earning a score of 83 and dispatching OSU rider Maggie Gampfer. Madison Wayda picked up her first win of the day after she routed Andrea Robbins, 72-55.
Rachel Webster had the best performance of the event, navigating the course with ease and racking up a score of 90. Her performance was good enough to take home the MOP.
Christina Martinelli picked up an exhibition win for the Wildcats.
In Equitation on the Flat, the Wildcats were just as impressive, taking the event 3-2. Cat Avolese had a great performance, earning the second-highest score with an 82, while earning a team point.
Adkins earned her second win of the day with a high score of 83 to knock off Allie Joyce. Wayda defeated Samantha Harrison, 81-63, to take home the MOP of the day. Laura Lafnitzegger tallied an exhibition win.
The Western team faced a strong OSU side, losing to the Cowgirls, 6-4.
K-State dropped Horsemanship, 4-1. Amelia Crites was the lone point scorer for the Wildcats in the event. Her score of 72.5 was tied for the second-highest of the event and was enough to edge Lauren Halvorson. Libby Tudor defeated Miranda Reed, 70.5-67.5, to earn an exhibition win.
Heading into Reining, the Wildcats held a slim 8-7 lead. With the pressure on, the K-State Reining team persevered and won 3-2. After dropping the first two points to OSU, the Wildcats got on the board after Katy Krshka was unable to overcome Emily Stockford’s score of 69.
Stockford was named MOP after her performance. Kara Guy followed with a strong ride, which ended with a score of 69. It was enough to give the Wildcats another point. Jordan Cox earned the decisive final point, after she rode past Jenna Blumer, 67-64.5. Margaret Peine scored an exhibition win.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to 2-1 on the season. The Wildcats will return to home action next Saturday, as the team hosts No. 6 Texas A&M at Timbercreek Stables.