April 12, 2022
Members of IHSA Equestrian Club Team at K-State qualify for Zones
Olivia Rigdon and Jennie Yount, members and riders with the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Club Team at Kansas State University, a registered independent student organization, riders, qualified for Zones competition.
At the end of the regular season, the K-State IHSA team was ranked second in its region of 17 universities, with only Washington University ranked higher. Two of the team’s riders, Rigdon and Yount, had acquired enough points throughout the season from winning previous classes to qualify for regionals. Yount won her open equitation on the flat and placed second in her open equitation over fences, winning reserve champion high point open rider for the region. Rigdon placed first in her open equitation over fences and second in her equitation on the flat, winning champion high point open rider for the region.
Because of their success at regionals, Yount and Rigdon qualified for Zones at Texas Tech University. As the high point open rider for the region, Rigdon is eligible to represent our region in the Cacchione Cup, a prestigious competition dedicated to Mario Cacchione. The cup is given to the rider who wins high point open rider at nationals.
At Zones on April 9, Rigdon placed first in open equitation over fences and as reserve champion in the Cacchione Cup, qualifying her twice for nationals on May 5-8 in Pennsylvania.
“I was so surprised," said Rigdon. "I knew I had worked hard for what I earned, but it was still shocking. It’s a good feeling to be rewarded for all the hard work I’ve put into my riding over the last few semesters.”
If you want to keep up with club successes or are interested in joining the team, follow @ksu_ihsa on Instagram, @KansasStateUniversityIHSAEquestrianTeam on Facebook, or the team website at ihsaatkansasstate.com.