Kansas State equestrian head coach Casie Lisabeth announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Monday, to fill out the 2012 recruiting class for the Wildcats.
Kara Guy, Nicholle Hatton and Kayla Hillegass will be the newest additions to the K-State equestrian program next fall.
A product of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Guy joins the Wildcat Western squad after a very successful youth career in which she carded multiple honors in numerous events. In 2007, Guy was named the 13-and-under Youth National Champion in Half-Arab Reining and Reserve Champion in 2008. The following year, she earned National Champion honors in the 14-17 year-old level in Half-Arab Reining. In 2010, she was named the Scottsdale Arab Horse Show Champion in Reining and the first and reserve Champion in Horsemanship. Guy also garnered numerous other national Top-10 honors in Horsemanship, Showmanship and Reining during her youth career.
Hatton hails from Parker, Colo., where she was a two-year letterwinner for the Chaparral High School women’s basketball team. Off the court, she earned numerous academic honors, including four-straight AP academic scholar awards. Hatton saw plenty of success in the show arena as she was a NRHA and NAAC qualifier in 2010. In 2009 and 2011, she was named the EPRHA Youth Champion for the 14-18 year-old age group.
A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Hillegass comes to K-State after a highly-successful youth career, where she racked up a bevy of awards. In 2008 and 2009, she was named the SNRHA Ladies’ Champion, as well as the Youth 13-and-under co-Champion. In 2010, she was named the NQHA Youth Reining Champion, as well as the AQHA’s Youth Reining Reserve Champion for Region 7. In the same year, she was named Justin Boots Rookie of the Year in the state of Nevada.