FORT WORTH, Texas — The fourth-ranked Kansas State equestrian team dropped its second consecutive meet with a 10-9 setback to Number 6 TCU, 10-9, on Saturday at the Turning Point Ranch. K-State’s Madison Wayda and Kelly Bovaird took home Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors on the day.
“I thought that the girls were outstanding today,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “They had to clean some things up from yesterday specifically on the Western team, and they did. They rose to the occasion. Our Hunt Seat girls were great all weekend even though the scores do not reflect it. They are strong and they just need to continue doing what they are doing.”
In the Hunter Seat portion of the meet, K-State started out strong with a 4-1 win in Equitation Over Fences, but fell 6-4 after TCU swept Equitation on the Flat.
Alexis Graves earned the first Wildcat point, when she knocked off Molly Peddicord, 84-79, in Fences. Wayda had the most impressive ride, earning a score of 88, to defeat her TCU counterpart and earn MOP status. Freshman Henley Adkins continued her strong weekend, picking up her third win in two days. Rachel Webster finished the scoring frenzy when she bested Kaitlin Perry by a single point.
“It was a hard loss, but everyone tried their hardest,” said Wayda. “We fought 100 percent and I am proud of our team for sticking together giving it all they had.”
K-State’s Western team found success on the day, as they were able to win 5-4 against the Horned Frogs.
In Horsemanship, the Wildcats found a groove and took the discipline, 3-2. Amelia Crites had a great opening score for the Wildcats, racking up a score of 74, to earn the head-to-head victory over Rylee Morgan. Chayna DeNicolo followed with a tally of 74.5 to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Bovaird picked up the first of her two wins, when she took down Katie Gray, 74-72.5.
Both teams battled hard in Reining, but played out to a 2-2 tie. Bovaird earned her second win of the competition with a 72-71.5 victory over Gray. Her win earned her the MOP of the event. Savannah Smith came away with a victory, after she carded a 72 to defeat Brooke Boyle.
“I was really excited about winning the MOP,” said Bovaird. “I was shocked but honored to have gotten it. I just went out to have a good ride and it was exciting.”
K-State now sits at 3-3 on the season after the loss. The Wildcats will get the chance to bounce back on Nov. 9, when the team travels to Martin, Tenn., for a dual meet against SMU and UT-Martin. K-State closes the fall season at home on Nov. 22, when Georgia visits Timbercreek Stables.