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Cowgirls seek to continue recent success on senior day

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Sarah Miller during the Horsemanship portion of the match against West Texas A&M on Nov 10, 2018 at Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State equestrian team will host Fresno State for its senior day at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Totusek

The No. 5 Cowgirls will compete for their fifth-straight win. OSU (6-5, 2-2 Big 12) holds a 6-1 record against the No. 8 Bulldogs (4-6).

Coach Larry Sanchez said the recent success is the trend this group has been on.

“The morale has been incredible as of late; completely different than what we’ve seen in the fall,” Sanchez said. “I think this team has really found its identity.”

“When I’ve seen the success develop like it has, the last thing I want to do is change anything up,” Sanchez said.

Cowgirl senior and captain Sarah Miller set a season-high score of 76.5 in Horsemanship. She galloped her way to MOP honors in Delaware.

Sophomore Abigail Brayman will return home after adding to her team-leading MOP collection. She received one MOP for Fences and one for Flat after the South Dakota State victory.

Not to be outdone, Brayman’s teammate Katie Schell was named Equitation Over Fences Rider of the Month, according to Big 12 communications office. Schell went undefeated last month and recorded scores of 80, 85 and a season-high 86.

“Katie Schell is another one that has been a stand out in her approach to how she is handling every competition,” Sanchez said.

OSU’s Reining team is ranked No. 2 in the nation. It holds a record of 8-3 on the year. The team is led by captain Hannah Mitchell who has a record of 7-3-1.

OSU reining rider Stephanie Helsen took home the MOP honor for her ride against South Dakota State. Helsen has won seven of her last eight matches.

Coach Sanchez's comments recoginzed the seniors for their work this season.

“We’ve got some outstanding seniors that have contributed a lot to the team,” Sanchez said. “It’s a great senior class and we hate to lose them. We wish had more time with them but it’s the nature of our sport.”