K-State equestrian earns Big 12 Rider and Coach of the YearK-State Sports Communications
|Wildcat sophomore Henley
Adkins was named this year's Big 12 Rider of the Year for the discipline
of Equitation on the Flat at the Big 12 Championship on March 28. (Photo:
Henley Adkins was named this year's Big 12 Rider of the Year for the discipline
of Equitation on the Flat at the Big 12 Championship on March 28. One of just
four Big 12 riders to earn the award (one from each discipline), Adkins has gone
17-14-0 this season and has earned six Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors.
At the Big 12 Championship, Adkins added a point for the Wildcats in
Equitation over Fences against both Oklahoma State and Baylor.
"I am so
proud of this team. We never gave up," said Adkins after the team placed second
at the Big 12 Championship. "We were cheering our hearts out until the end. I am
so proud of this team for sticking with it, and I cannot believe how many awards
we received as a team including myself, Kara (Guy), Dani (Danielle Kemper) and
Taylor (Schmidt). It was just an awesome feeling. I think that shows how hard we
have been working and it paid off and was a great feeling."
Also at the
Big 12 Championship, K-State head coach Casie Maxwell was named co-Big 12 Coach
of the Year, sharing the honors with Baylor head coach Ellen White. Maxwell has
led the Wildcats to an 8-8 overall record (3-3 Big 12) and prepared her team
well at home as the team will finish this season with an 18-0 home record over
the past three years.
Though the No. 10 Wildcats fell to No. 3 Baylor in
the Championship meet, K-State knocked off Oklahoma State in the Big 12
Championship semifinals the day prior.
"You always hope to come out with
a win, but I am very proud of how the girls rose to the pressure today," said
Maxwell after the Big 12 Championship.
"They kept fighting all day long.
We just had little things that we could have controlled today and small things
we could have fixed. Those are the things that we are going to focus on between
now and the National Championships. This is the best that the girls have
competed in this type of pressure. We are going to build off of this momentum in
the next two weeks to get us prepared for the National