The Varsity National Championship is a competition that features varsity teams from around the country. The competition is a prelude to an NCAA Equestrian national championship when the sport is sanctioned by the NCAA.
The Western team finished in first place with 26 points. Georgia was runner-up with 23 points. No rider from the Western team placed lower than fourth at the competition.
The horses were good and even this weekend, said Head Coach Larry Sanchez. When the horses are even, the ability of the riders should bring the best riders to the top. I am glad that our riders showed their ability this weekend.
The Hunt team placed fourth with 13 points. Georgia won the Hunt discipline with 19 points. Georgia had a tiebreaker over Stone Hill, who also scored 19 points.
In the Overall competition, Oklahoma State finished runner up to Georgia, 42-39.
A pair of Cowgirls finished first in their classes. Junior Crissy Meeks placed first in Horsemanship, while junior Kristin Dickerson finished first in Reining.
Senior Kristen Thomas and junior Lindsay Pounds were runner-up in Horsemanship and Equitation On Flat, respectively.
Junior Corrie Janssen placed third in Equitation Over Fences. Sophomore Kayla Elmenhorst was awarded a third-place finish in Horsemanship.
The Cowgirls will next be in action May 2-4 at the IHSA National Championships in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Overall Team Score 1.Georgia 42
2. Oklahoma State 39
3. Texas A&M-36
4. Kansas State-29
5. West Texas A&M-26
Western 1. Oklahoma Stat-26
3. Kansas State-22
4. Texas A&M-20
5. West Texas A&M-17
Hunt 1. Georgia-19*
2. Stone Hill 19
3. Texas A&M-16
4. Oklahoma State-13
5. Sacred Heart-12