One week after narrowly edging out Oklahoma State, the Kansas State equestrian team made a statement by routing Texas A&M, 17-2, on Saturday at Timbercreek Stables. K-State improves to 3-1 on the season and are on a three-meet winning streak. The Wildcats swept all four Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors.
“It was a great improvement from last weekend,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “It was a hard competition. Texas A&M has a great team, so it was great to see our girls step-up across the board in all four events today. With the last minute change to the arena situation today, we really had to modify our game plan and the girls rose to the occasion.”
The Hunter Seat team continued its dominance and set the tone early, defeating Texas A&M, 7-2. During the three meet winning streak, the Hunter seat team has outscored their opponents, 20-7.
The cold day started out with Equitation Over Fences, which saw the Wildcats take the event, 3-2. Freshman Alexis Graves earned her first career MOP, after she defeated Leah Chenelle, 78-77. Graves is now 3-0 this season. Rachel Webster picked up her first win of the day after she knocked off Marlena Parker. Madison Wayda finished the event with a win for the Wildcats, after she bested Shelby Lawson.
In Equitation on the Flat, K-State was just as impressive, winning 4-0. Jacquelyn Bogstad gave the Wildcats the first point after edging out Haley Buchmiller, 68-67. Webster took home her second win against TAMU, when she easily carded an event high 78 on her ride. The win was enough to give the senior captain her fourth MOP of the season and push her record to 6-2. Cat Avolese earned her third win of the season with her victory over Hannah Williams. Wayda scored the final point for the Hunter Seat, with her 76-69 win over Megan Phillips. Rory Reichelt earned an exhibition win.
After struggling last week against OSU, the Western team swept TAMU, 10-0.
“After last week, they had no choice of where they were going to go, they were going to go up,” said Maxwell. “We drove them hard this weekend and we put a lot of pressure on them all week in practice. They definitely rose to the occasion and this is the team that they are. This is what they are capable of and they just need to show this to everyone more often.”
The Horsemanship squad came out fighting, sweeping their counterparts, 5-0. Rachel Wetherell defeated Laura Brainard, 72.5-71.5, to give the Wildcats the first point. Amelia Crites answered right back, knocking off Caroline Ammons for the second point in the event. Kelly Bovaird had the best ride of the day, racking up a 75 on her ride and picking up an MOP honor. Bovaird is now 4-4 on the year with two MOPs. Danielle Kemper kept things going after she dispatched off Alyssa Soechting, 74.5-71. In the final ride of the event, Chayna DeNicolo earned her third win of the year after she bested Molli Jacobs. Alyssa Lombardi and Whitney Unkefer were impressive in their exhibition wins.
The Reining team ended the day on a strong note for K-State, also sweeping the event, 5-0. Emily Stockford narrowly got by Ashley Dotson, winning 67.5-67. Savannah Smith tallied her first win of the season after she defeated Laura Sumrall, 70-63.5. Captain Jordan Cox earned the high score of the event, carding a 73 and taking the final MOP honor. Cox now holds a 3-1 record this year. Bovaird picked up her second win of the day after she bested Hannah Jechow, 69-67.5. Kara Guy ended the day the same way it began, with a Wildcat point.