K-State equestrian team looks to face second doubleheader

Head coach Casie Maxwell leads senior Savannah Smith on Twister out to the area on Nov. 8 at TImbercreek Stables. (Emily DeShazer | The Collegian(

Last weekend, the K-State equestrian team faced its first two losses of the season during a doubleheader in Texas. This week, however, the team is headed back on the road for another doubleheader in Fresno, California. The team will be facing No. 6 Auburn, today at 10 a.m. Saturday they will face Fresno State at 9 a.m.

K-State has faced these opponents before. The Wildcats beat Fresno State during their last meet together during the 2012-13 season. However, the team lost to Auburn, 13-3 when they met last season.

This weekend, for the Hunt Seat team, sophomore rider Henley Adkins will be riding to get her 10th Most Outstanding Performer award. Madison Wayda, senior captain of the Hunt Seat team, will lead the team in the Equitation Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat events.

For Horsemanship, junior captain Danielle Kemper will lead her team in this weekend’s meets. Her younger sister, freshmen Paige Kemper, will also join her for the Horsemanship events this weekend.

Sophomore and senior captains, Savannah Smith and Nicholle Hatton, will lead their team in Reining for the weekend. Between Smith and Hatton, seven points have been scored in the Reining category this season.

Head coach Casie Maxwell, said the team is ready to finish strong and complete the fall season the way it was started.

“We are looking forward to getting back on the road after our first experience on the road last weekend,” Maxwell said. “We are ready to finish the fall semester strong and end on a high note we started on.”