March 17, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 4 Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 11-9, in the final matchup of the regular season Saturday. The victory guarantees the Cowgirls a first-place finish in the conference and the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship.
"The girls have been working hard to finish the season with a win," coach Larry Sanchez said. "They are in a great place mentally heading into the postseason."
It came down to the last ride but senior Caroline Daniels locked up the victory for the Pokes. She was joined by Jenna Blumer in reining. The win earned Daniels MVP honors, her fourth-straight in the discipline.
The Pokes took the English competition in raw scores, 739-727. Ali Rose, Ellie Sparks and Samantha Harrison won their head-to-heads in equitation on the flat while Allison Joyce and Sarah Gesick picked up wins in equitation over fences.
In addition to defeating the Wildcats overall, the Cowgirls also dominated ancillary competition, 5-0-1. Andrea Robbins picked up wins in equitation on the flat and equitation over fences. Haydan Vosburgh joined Robbins on the flat, and Mackenzie Fuggit and Katie Ralph earned victories in horsemanship. Allison Hurlbut tied her counterpart in the discipline.
Oklahoma State improved to 8-4 on the season and is riding a six-match winning streak. They will be back in action when they travel to Manhattan for the Big 12 Championship March 30-31.