Equestrian rides for winning weekend

Nicholle Hatton, junior western rider, rides Penny on Thursday, September 25, 2014 during the reining portion of the competition against New Mexico State at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan. The Wildcats had a victory of 14-5. (Emily DeShazer | The Collegian)

After suffering two decisive defeats last weekend, the K-State equestrian team looks to bounce back in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday to build momentum as they head into the final stretch of the season.

One area the K-State riders are looking to improve upon is the Hunt Seat Equitation. In their previous meetings against Tennessee-Martin and No. 9-ranked Georgia, K-State was defeated by a score of 5-0. K-State riders are now 7-4 in that discipline on the season.

Although the riders have struggled since mid-November, one rider who’s stood out is junior Kara Guy, who was named one of the NCEA Riders of the month. The Fountain Hills, Arizona native has a 4-5-1 record on the season. Throughout January, however, Guy was undefeated, and her successful month was culminated by being named Most Outstanding Rider in the meet against Tennessee-Martin.

This weekend the K-State riders look to turn around their recent misfortunes as they face a familiar foe in the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. In their last meeting, K-State soundly defeated the Oklahoma State 12-7 in Manhattan. The victory was highlighted by performances from senior Madison Wayda and sophomore Alexis Graves.

Saturday is also the last opportunity for K-State to turn around its road woes, as the team has yet to capture a road victory this season.

The meet is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. in Stillwater.