The No. 4 Oklahoma State equestrian team (5-2) defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 12-6, at Animal Science Arena Saturday.
“I’m very excited about how well the girls rode today, “coach Larry Sanchez said. “You wonder after a long break how rusty the girls are going to be or how ready for competition they are going to be, but they proved today that they were ready.”
The Cowgirls kicked off the day with a 3-2 win in equitation over fences, headlined by a clutch performance from Alice White. The senior rode for a score of 79, picking up the head-to-head point and breaking a 2-2 deadlock in the final ride of the discipline, earning her the , her second of the season. Other victors for the Cowgirls were sophomore Ellie Sparks and freshman Samantha Elser. Sparks’ win was her third of the year, while Elser picked up her team-high fifth head-to-head victory.
Oklahoma State added a 3-2 victory in equitation on the flat, giving the Cowgirls a 6-4 victory in the hunter seat. The English team improved to 5-2 on the season with the win. Juniors Sarah Gesick and Jordan White and freshman Ali Rose all earned head-to-head victories. White received honors for her ride, her second such honor in the discipline this season.
Oklahoma State dropped two quick points in horsemanship, but rattled off three-straight head-to-head victories to take the discipline by a 3-2 margin. Junior Mamie Tomlin, sophomore Marissa Dalton and redshirt freshman Lauren Halvorson led the late charge for the Pokes, all earning wins to give the Cowgirls the victory. Halvorson improved to 6-1 while Tomlin and Dalton each picked up their fourth win on the season.
The reining team continued its dominance, rolling to a decisive 3-0 victory over the Wildcats. Caroline Daniels remained undefeated on the season with a 76.5-75.5 win over her Wildcat counterpart. Sophomore Christy McElreath picked up her third in four shows with a 76.5-74.5 win. Junior Rachel Houchin added a 76.5-74.5 victory on the day. The reiners improved to 7-0 on the season with the win. In 35 head-to-head matchups this season, 25 have been wins for the Cowgirls compared to just seven losses and three ties.
The western team improved to 6-1 on the season with the victory.
The Cowgirls have now won three in a row and improve to 2-0 against the Wildcats this season. They will be back in action when the western team travels to Las Cruces, NM, to take on the New Mexico State Aggies February 12.