Equestrian saddles up for final season

Taylor Schimidt, sophomore hunter seat, rides Flynn during the over fences part of the competition at the K-State vs. Baylor Equestrian meet on Fe. 28, 2015 at Timbercreek Stables. The Wildcats had a victory against #1 bears 10-8. (File Photo by Cassandra Nguyen | The Collegian)

After falling to eventual national championship runner-up Georgia in the quarterfinal of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships, the K-State equestrian team looks to go for their final ride.

“I am proud of how the girls performed today against a very tough Georgia team,” K-State head coach and co-Big 12 Coach of the Year Casie Maxwell said last spring. “They rode well and with a lot of confidence. Multiple scores were very close, reflecting on how tough this meet was all day. When you step back and look at it, only four of our 13 riders have ever competed at the National Championship before. I think they preformed very well in high-pressure situation. They definitely ended their season on a high note.”

K-State announced last September that after the 2015 season they would be doing away with the equestrian program as it will no longer be a sport recognized by the NCAA.

Last season, the Wildcat Equestrian went 9-9 but was undefeated at their home.

They also had a impressive showing at the Big 12 championship where they knocked off three-time defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State and ended up taking second place over-all.

K-State equestrian returns Big 12 All-Conference team members in seniors Danielle Kemper and Kara Guy and juniors Henley Adkins and Taylor Schmidt.

Adkins and Kemper were also named NCEA 2nd Team All-Americans.

However, they lose 10 members from last year’s team not including six seniors who graduated.

The Wildcats kick-off their season hosting a Purple and White Scrimmage on Sept. 20 before they travel to Brookings, South Dakota for their season opener against South Dakota State on Oct. 3.

K-State meets their first conference opponent on Oct. 9 as they host Oklahoma State.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.