Cowgirls Shut Out Horned Frogs in Hunt Seat As OSU Defeats TCU, 16-4
STILLWATER, Okla. — The third-ranked Oklahoma State Equestrian team defeated 10th-ranked TCU, 16-4, on Friday at Totusek Arena.
OSU's Hunt Seat squad shut out the Horned Frogs in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. Senior Maggie Drysch scored a career-high 91 on Equitation on the Flat; the score was the highest of any event today. Drysch also had the highest score of the day in Equitation over Fences, defeating TCU's Molly Peddicord, 83-78. Both scores earned Drysch a Most Outstanding Performer honor in each event.
"Maggie's been working really hard in practice," said OSU Hunt Seat coach Sammy Elser. "She went in and executed with confidence. I couldn't be more proud of her."
The Cowgirls were also victorious in the Reining arena, defeating the Horned Frogs, 4-1. Hannah Mitchell won her seventh consecutive matchup and third consecutive MOP honor, defeating TCU's Brooke Boyle, 74-60.5. Ebba Lange, Alexa Beaty and Danielle Cohen also won their respective matchups in Reining.
OSU's Kirsten Chamberland and Libby Collins took their points in Horsemanship, posting scores of 74 and 75.5, respectively. Chamberland's victory marks her third consecutive win as she is undefeated in the spring season.
"The girls stepped up," said OSU head coach Larry Sanchez. "We challenged them as coaches to take it to the next level, and they did that today."
With the win, the Cowgirls move to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in Big 12 Conference play. Next up, OSU travels to New Mexico State to take on the Aggies on March 4 at 10 a.m.
Brown, Dixon lead Bulldogs to victory over No. 1 Baylor
FRESNO, Calif. — For the second time this season the No. 8 Fresno State equestrian team has defeated the No. 1-ranked team in the country as the Bulldogs defeated Baylor by raw score on Friday 1458.0-1456.5 at the Fresno State Animal Science Pavilion. Earlier this season, the 'Dogs took down then-No. 1 Auburn 11-5.
"Today was very exciting," Fresno State head coach Eric Hubbard said. "It speaks to the talent of this team. We had a rough road trip, and to come back and win today is great."
This is just the third Fresno State win in 12 meetings between the Bulldogs and Bears and is the first 10-10 draw. The last time the 'Dogs won in the series was Feb. 22, 2014. In the fall, Baylor outscored Fresno State 9-5 in Texas.
Senior western rider Taylor Brown and junior Taylor Dixon led the Bulldogs with wins in horsemanship and reining, while sophomore hunt seat rider Alexandra Dirickson took points in equitation on the flat and equitation over fences.
The morning began with Baylor outscoring Fresno State in equitation over fences 3-2, with Dirickson and freshman Maddy Keck recording points for the Bulldogs.
The 'Dogs then tied the meet in reining, taking a 3-2 advantage over the Bears. Brown, Dixon and freshman Paige Barton put the three points on the board for Fresno State.
The Bulldogs took the lead in horsemanship, owning a 4-1 advantage over Baylor, going into equitation on the flat. Brown, Dixon, senior Madison Robinson and junior Rachel Williams scored for the Bulldogs and giving them a 9-6 lead.
Baylor came just short of a comeback, outscoring the Bulldogs 4-1 in the event, but Fresno State got just enough points from Dirickson in the victory.
Brown earned an MOP for her performance in horsemanship, while Keck earned the honor for the first time in her career in equitation over fences.
Fresno State returns to action tomorrow against No. 5 SMU at Fresno State.
No. 5 SMU Forces No. 1 Baylor Into Tiebreaker Decision
FRESNO, Calif. — In a 15 hour meet, the fifth-ranked SMU equestrian team forced No. 1 Baylor into an 8-8 tiebreaker decision, but the effort fell short as the Mustangs lost in raw score, 989-941.75.
SMU (5-3) opened the day with a 3-1 Equitation Over Fences win. Freshman Vivian Yowan topped Savannah Jenkins, 75-68, to open scoring, before Sylvia de Toledo used a 79-71 win over Shannon Hogue to earn the Most Outstanding Player honor. Sophomore Nora Gray secured the discipline win with a 78-74 decision over Madison Day.
Following a 5 hour, 14 minute intermission to allow Baylor and Fresno State to finish their meet, Gray used a 75-65 rout over Samantha Howell to win SMU's lone Equitation on the Flat point.
In reining, Keagan Snively and Madison Steed kept top-ranked Baylor (10-3) at bay, riding to a 2-2 draw. Steed beat Ginger Chant, 70-69, for SMU's first point, before Snively edged Charlotte Green, 66-65, to close the event.
With the overall score tied at six apiece, SMU and Baylor split horsemanship to force the raw score tiebreaker. Ashley Mauney led off with a 72-69 win over Kelsie Holman, before Morgan Redwine topped Charlotte Green, 72.5-69.
SMU and Fresno State square off at 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT Saturday. The Mustangs topped the Bulldogs, 15-4, last Friday in Dallas. A full recap and final results will be made available following the competition on SMUMustangs.com. During the meet, live results can be found on SMUMustangs.com or the SMU equestrian Twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @SMUEquestrian.