The Big 12 championship did not end how the Cowgirls envisioned it.
After besting TCU 11-8 early Saturday in the round-robin tournament, the second-ranked Oklahoma State equestrian team fell to top-ranked Baylor 11-7 Saturday afternoon at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco, Texas.
After a lightning delay impeded the Cowgirls’ start time, OSU got started late Friday afternoon against No. 9 TCU with equitation on the flat and horsemanship. The Cowgirls took the flat 3-2 behind Carly Barrick’s team-high score of 155. Miranda Reed led the way in OSU’s 4-0 horsemanship victory with a team-high score of 149.5. The teams broke for the evening before resuming competition Saturday morning.
Saturday started with reining, arguably OSU’s (9-3 overall, 4-2 Big 12) best event. The Cowgirls took the event 3-2 and clinched the meet on freshman Hannah Mitchell’s 142.5-131 victory against Brooke Boyle. Although it was too late, TCU (5-10, 0-4) took equitation over fences 4-1; Barrick was the only Cowgirl to score.
After wrapping up against the Horned Frogs, OSU went back to work against Baylor (12-4, 5-1). The teams started with equitation over fences and horsemanship running simultaneously. The Bears took both events 3-2. Cowgirls Jorden Davis and Barrick scored in fences and Maddie Bender and Reed scored in horsemanship.
Trailing 6-4 at the half, OSU responded, winning reining 3-0 on the strength of points from Ebba Lange, Julia Purus and Danielle Cohen. However the Cowgirls were swept 5-0 on the flat, as Baylor secured its second Big 12 title in the past three seasons.
Although OSU was unable to defend it’s Big 12 championship from a season ago, the Cowgirls did leave Waco with some hardware.
At the top of the list, coach Larry Sanchez earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors and Mitchell earned Big 12 Reiner of the Year honors. The Cowgirls had fiver riders — Maggie Drysch, Cohen, Mitchell, Lange and Barrick — named to the All-Big 12 team. Reed and Lange also won Most Outstanding Performer honors for the their performance in the tournament.
The Cowgirls are back in action April 13 in Waco at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship.