Equestrian team takes both loss, win in doubleheader on road

Sophomore hunter Molly Dunn leans into the jump with her horse on Oct. 9, 2015, at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan. Dunn was the only one to beat OSU in Equitation over Fences. (Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The challenge of a doubleheader on the road did not trouble K-State’s equestrian team for long last Friday. The Wildcats struggled with No. 2 ranked Georgia, losing 4-15, but managed to regroup and take down No. 8 Fresno State 8-7. The win and loss moved K-State to 4-5 on the season.

It was a slow start for K-State at the University of Georgia Equestrian Complex as they took on Georgia. The Wildcats struggled in Hunt Seat, barely managing to make a mark as they fell 1-8.

The Bulldogs took charge early, sweeping K-State in Equitation over Fences and continuing their stomping in Equitation on the Flat. Junior Christina Martinelli managed to put a single point on the board for K-State as she slipped past Georgia’s Alex Maracic 78-77.

The Western discipline failed to provide any leverage for K-State as the Wildcats fell 7-3.

Junior Sydney Anson prevented a sweep in Horsemanship as she rode past Georgia’s Graysen Stroud 70.5-69.5. Anson provided the only point for K-State as the Wildcats fell 1-4.

K-State regrouped in Reining, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia still managed to top K-State 3-2. In a close battle with Georgia’s Stroud, sophomore Kali Retzler earned the first Most Outstanding Performer of her career when she topped Stroud 68.5-67.5. Senior Kara Guy built on that momentum as she added the second point for K-State on a 64.5-62 win over Georgia’s Claudia Spreng.

“This morning against Georgia, we did not ride to our potential,” head coach Casie Maxwell said to K-State Sports. “We stepped up this afternoon against Fresno State.”

A change in momentum proved beneficial for the Wildcats. It started in the Hunt Seat discipline against Fresno State. K-State took Hunt Seat 5-2.

After getting swept earlier in the day in Equitation over Fences, K-State completely turned the tables, sweeping Fresno State 4-0. In a dominating performance, junior Taylor Schmidt got things started for K-State with a 70-50 victory over Fresno State’s Kylina Chalack.

Martinelli continued to provide for the Wildcats with a 65-60 win over Fresno State’s Alex Dirickson. Fresno State’s Paige Pastorino received a zero score to help junior Henley Adkins cruise to an 81-0 victory. Sophomore Molly Dunn finished the sweep with an 84-79 victory over Fresno State’s Sierra Swaffer.

Once again, Martinelli came through for K-State in Equitation on the Flat. In a rematch from Fences against Fresno State’s Dirickson, Martinelli prevailed with a score of 72-71. Fresno State went on to take Equitation on the Flat 2-1.

Fresno State bounced back in Western as K-State fell 3-5 in the discipline.

The Wildcats started their comeback in Horsemanship. Fresno State finished on top 3-1. Senior Danielle Kemper carded the only point for K-State on a 75-72 decision over Fresno State’s Taylor Brown.

Reining turned into a battle and finished tied 2-2. Kemper notched another strong performance for K-State, blowing out Fresno State’s Taylor Dixon 68.5-0. A 68.5-66 win for Retzler marked her second of the day as she cruised past Fresno State’s Kayli Gobeli. Her efforts helped the Wildcats end the day with an 8-7 win over Fresno State.

K-State will continue its road trip on Friday against No. 4 Baylor.