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Cowgirls set for final meet of 2018 against WTAMU

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Hannah Mitchell and the Oklahoma State equestrian team face WTAMU on Saturday.

For the Oklahoma State equestrian team, home has never felt sweeter. The Cowgirls will saddle up for their final meet of 2018 against West Texas A&M at 10 a.m. Saturday at Totusek Arena.

OSU (1-4 overall, 1-1 Big 12) is coming off a grueling road stretch with meets against three top-seven teams in the nation. Despite leaving empty-handed all three times, coach Larry Sanchez is keeping the optimism high.

“One of the things I’m extremely proud of is the way the they’ve (the riders) been handling this season thus far,” Sanchez said. “We’ve scheduled really tough. Every meet we’ve lost has been against a top-five team in the country.”

For the first time this season, WTAMU will ride western and hunter seat events in a meet. The Buffs fell to OSU 17-3 eight months ago inside Totusek Arena. Although the score was mostly one-sided last time, the Cowgirls are preparing just like any other meet.

“Last year they came here, and they were better than we thought,” Emma Verplank, a junior rider, said. “I think it’ll be a good time to get there and show what we have against some good competition.”

Saturday will mark OSU’s second home meet in 2018, but the Cowgirls have long enjoyed home-field advantages. OSU won six of its past seven home meets.

“We have a number of fans that do travel and support us, but that’s nothing like when you’re at home,” Sanchez said. “When you have that type of support in addition to the support of your team, it makes you perform at a much higher level.”

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