Cowgirls Win National Championship

May 13, 2000

ATLANTA, Ga. - All five members of Oklahoma State Equestrian's western team placed over the course of two days as the Cowgirls won the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championship today.

Oklahoma State finished the competition with 25 team points, four ahead of second place Ohio State.

This marks the first national championship for the Cowgirl Equestrian team, just in its second year of competition as a varsity sport. Last year, the Cowgirls finished third in the western team competition.

The girls were outstanding, head coach Larry Sanchez said. They were very well prepared for the level of competition that they faced, and they represented OSU well.

In today's competition, Allysa Allen received reserve national champion honors as she finished second in the team open western horsemanship competition. Kate Hayes also placed for the western team, finishing third in the intermediate western horsemanship class. Yesterday, Casie Cavanaugh and Kristen Thomas were national champions in team classes, and Lara Phillips placed fifth in the team open reining class.

Amy Allen also placed in the team hunt seat competition today by finishing eighth in the walk-trot-canter class.

Competition will continue tomorrow with the individual classes in both western and hunt seat.

Western Team Scores

1.  Oklahoma State        25
2.  Ohio State            21
3.  University of Finley  15
4.  Cal Poly-Pomona       12
5.  Texas A&M             11
6.  Southern Idaho        9

OSU Results - Western

Allysa Allen       Team Open Western                         2nd
Kate Hayes         Team Intermediate Western Horsemanship    3rd

OSU Results - Hunt Seat

Amy Allen            Team Walk-Trot                8th



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