The Oklahoma State equestrian team is coming home to meet the Southern Methodist Mustangs for a nonconference matchup at 10 a.m. Saturday.
After a loss to Baylor last week, the No. 8 Cowgirls (2-5) are hungry for a win. This is the first meet in Totusek Arena since the start of November. OSU coach Larry Sanchez is excited to be home after a “grueling” road schedule.
“There is definitely a home field advantage going in to it,” Sanchez said. “Just being at home not having to travel and sit on a bus for 6 hours, being able to sleep in your own bed at night, having a lot of orange in the stands to cheer you on and encourage you to even give a little bit more than you thought you could give, those things are all the advantages we are so much looking forward to being home.”
The No. 2 Mustangs (6-1) gallop into Stillwater after their first loss of the season in College Station to Texas A&M. Coach Sanchez focused on the strategy galloping in to Saturday.
“I’m going to stick with the same approach that we had all year long,” Sanchez said. “That’s to be the best you can be on that day with the horse that you draw and to make that horse the best they can be on that day. As long as we focus on that and stay penalty free and mistake free, we set ourselves up because of our talent for success.”
In Waco, the Horsemanship team showcased their talent, picking up four out of five points. Team captain Sarah Miller notched her fourth straight win in the event. Maddie Bender and Natalie Alcorn tied their season-high and scored a 75.5 and 76, respectively.
The Horsemanship team has worked hard, coach Sanchez said.
“We’ve been working really hard.” Sanchez said. “I’ve been pushing them really hard and I think my excitement about the spring semester and what the potential that this team has, I saw it in them this weekend. I could just see they were firing on all cylinders.”
Sanchez is not disappointed with his team. He is ready for the day where his team puts all the pieces together and displays what they are able to do.
“…one thing I told the team on the bus after the Baylor meet was ‘I fear for the team that we are competing against when we get all of our parts put together on the same day because we’ve got that much talent,’” Sanchez said.
OSU looks to upset the No. 2 team for the second consecutive year and record its third win of the season. With a win, the Cowgirls would improve to 10-2 against SMU.