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OSU equestrian sends seniors out with a victory

EQ: OSU vs WTAMU

The fourth-ranked Oklahoma State equestrian team wasted no time setting the tone Saturday against the West Texas A&M at Totusek Arena on Senior Day.

OSU swept equitation over fences to begin the day and never looked back, defeating the Buffaloes, 17-3.

The Cowgirls started 10 seniors Saturday, with nine of the 10 receiving points. Carly Barrick, a senior from Fallbrook, California, continued her excellence in equitation over fences, scoring an 81 to defeat her opponent and improve to 7-2-1 on the season.

Katie Jones, a senior from Wellington, Florida, hasn’t gotten many starts this season but rose to the occasion Saturday, finishing her career at Totusek Arena on a high note. Jones received points in both equitation on the flat and equitation over fences for her team.

“It’s just nice to know that after four years of equestrian, I can finish it out on a high note,” Jones said. “It was a special moment.”

Ebba Lange scored a 73 in reining to earn a point and also received MOP for the event. Lange is far away from Sweden, where she is from, but through her four years of equestrian at OSU, she has found a second home.

“This has been kind of a new home for me,” Lange said. “The people here have been so nice to me in my four years here. This has really felt like home, it’s been amazing.”

Harley Huff scored a 78.5 in horsemanship to receive a point. She was also named MOP for the seventh time this season, which is a team high. Hannah Janson, a sophomore from Berkley, Massachusetts, received two MOPs on the day, both in equitation on the flat and equitation over fences. She now has four MOPs on the season.

Hannah Mitchell received a point in reigning after scoring a 68. Mitchell received national recognition this week, winning NCEA and Big 12 reigning rider of the month for February.

The Cowgirls improved their record to 7-3 with their fourth straight victory Saturday. Their final regular-season meet will be next Saturday against Baylor in Waco, Texas, at 10 a.m.

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