WACO, Texas - The first Big 12 awards for the 2018-19 Equestrian season have been selected as voted by the conference coaches. Baylor and Oklahoma State split the four awards as BU’s Rachael Davis and Abbi Demel earned honors, while OSU’s Abigail Brayman and Hannah Mitchell also garnered recognition.
Brayman was selected as the Equitation over Fences Rider of the Month, while her teammate Mitchell was honored as the Reigning Rider of the Month. The two Baylor Bears, Davis and Demel, were named Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month and Horsemanship Rider of the Month, respectively.
This month’s award marks the fifth all-time for Mitchell and fourth Reining monthly honors in her career. For Brayman, Davis and Demel, this marks their first award.
Equitation over Fences Rider of the Month
Abigail Brayman, Oklahoma State, So., Charlestown, R.I.
- Scored a career-high 90 en route to MOP honors against No. 1 Auburn.
- Has not lost a fences competition this season (3-0-1). Collected her 14th career point in Fences and has not scored below an 80 this season.
- The last time Brayman scored below an 80 in Fences was last season in February.
- Scored two points (one in Fences, one in Flat) in OSU’s comeback upset win over No. 3 Baylor.
- Her fences point against Baylor started the meet and gave the Cowgirls an early 1-0 lead.
Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month
Rachael Davis, Baylor, So., Woodinville, Wash.
- Returning as a sophomore, Davis was Big 12 Rider of the Year in Equitation on the Flat last season.
- She had the highest score of all Equitation on the Flat competitors at OSU defeating her opponent 83-76 and earning MOP honors.
- She had the highest score of all competitors against TCU defeating her opponent 91-86.
- Davis is currently 5-0 with 2 MOP honors this season.
Horsemanship Rider of the Month
Abbi Demel, Baylor, Sr., Hoisington, Kan.
- She defeated her opponent at OSU, Sarah Miller, by a final score of 73.5-71.5.
- Against TCU, she defeated her opponent 75-72 making her 5-0 with 2 MOP honors on the season.
Reining Rider of the Month
Hannah Mitchell, Oklahoma State, Jr., Cuba, Mo.
- Had the clinching point to complete the comeback upset of No. 3 Baylor.
- She is undefeated on the season (3–0-1).
- The junior team captain collected her 24th career Reining point against Georgia.