Equestrian Repeats at Varsity National Championship

Oklahoma State’s equestrian team won their second consecutive Varsity National Championship in the Western discipline Saturday at the Olympic Horse Park in Conyers, Ga.

The Varsity National Championship is in it is third year and consists of the top varsity programs from around the country. Oklahoma State has won the Western championship two out of three years.

“We are extremely happy to bring home the Western Varsity National Championship again this year,” said head coach Larry Sanchez. “It was a very tough and close competition and it was exciting to pull through at the end.”

The Western team scored 29 points, edging out Georgia by one point. Auburn rounded out the top three with 26 points.

In the Hunter competition Oklahoma State placed fourth with 18 points. Georgia won the Hunter competition with 32 points.

“The Hunter team started out slow but gained momentum, but it was not enough in the end,” said Sanchez. “Finishing third overall gives us a goal to combine with the Hunter team to win the overall title next year.”

In the overall team competition Oklahoma State finished third with 47 points. Georgia placed first with 60 followed by Auburn with 49 points.

Several Cowgirls finished in the top four of their sections. Crissy Meeks finished first in her section of Horsemanship. Brianne Wiebe and Kayla Elmenhorst both finished runner-up in their sections of Horsemanship.

In Equitation over Fences, Lindsay Parker earned a second-place finish while teammate Lindsey Smith placed third.

In Equitation on the Flat, Kristin Dickerson turned in a third-place showing. Mandy McNally placed fourth.

In Reining, Katie Bohr was runner-up. Kristin Dickerson placed third in her section of reining.

The Equestrian team will close out the season on May 7-9 at the IHSA National Championship in Murfreesboro, Tenn.



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