Cowgirl Equestrian Finishes the Season Ranked No. 2

Courtesy OSU
RIDE ‘EM COWGIRLS: Freshman Gentry Cherry competes in Reining Feb. 22 against Texas A&M. 

The Oklahoma State Cowgirl equestrian team finished the 2019-2020 season ranked No. 2 in the NCEA Farnam Poll. The Cowgirls went 9-3 on the season and were on a three-meet winning streak before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team wrapped up the season with the best winning percentage in program history at .750.
In individual event rankings, the Cowgirls finished No. 6 in Fences, No. 3 in Flat and No. 4 in Horsemanship and Reining. 
Cowgirls Harley Huff and Emma Verplank were named first-team All Americans for Horsemanship. 
Huff earned a spot on the All-America team for the third-straight season. During her junior campaign, she tallied a 9-2-1 record with four MOP’s as one of OSU’s most consistent riders. 
Huff was also named the Big 12 Horsemanship Rider of the Year for the third-straight season, becoming just the third rider in Big 12 history to record three individual yearly awards in the same event and only the second to do so in consecutive years. 
Verplank, a senior captain for the Cowgirls, finished her final season 9-1-2 and was named to the All-Big 12 Horsemanship team.
Fellow team captain Abigail Brayman was an honorable mention selection on the All-America Flat team. A junior, Brayman went 8-3-1 on the year and ended the season with three-straight victories to earn All-Big 12 Flat team accolades.
Freshman Sydney North earned honorable mention All-America status in Fences after going 7-3-1 on the year and closing out the season with three consecutive wins.
Team captain Hannah Mitchell earned a spot on the All-Big 12 team in Reining. Mitchell was 7-4-1 on the year and earned MOP honors in five meets. She capped her career as a four-time All-Big 12 rider in Reining.
The Big 12 Conference announced 18 Oklahoma State Equestrian riders have earned 2020 Academic All-Big 12 accolades, including Sydnee Gemar, Caitlyn Sanchez and Katie Schell who all were nominated with 4.00-grade point averages. 
Katie Schell earns her spot on the Academic All-Big 12 Team for the second consecutive year with a 4.0. Hannah Janson earns first-team honors for the third time, while Stephanie Helsen, Kristi Wiggins and Emma Verplank receive honors for the second-straight season.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. 
First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA. 
The Cowgirls had 15 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team with Sarah Clymer, Hannah Coleman, Ava Drysch, Sydnee Gemar, Stephanie Helsen, Hannah Janson, Hannah Lovrien, Hallie McClintock, Emily Morris, Katie Pelzel, Caitlyn Sanchez, Katie Schell, Emma Verplank, Kristi Wiggins and Sydnie Ziegler all making the list.
The second-team selections must hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Abigail Brayman, Harley Huff and Cassidy Watters earned Academic All-Big 12 Second Team honors for the Cowgirls.