STILLWATER – Oklahoma State’s sixth-ranked equestrian team defeated Big 12 foe Fresno State, 13-6, Friday at the Pedigo-Hull Equestrian Center in Stillwater.
The win moved the Cowgirls to 2-2 on the season and 2-1 in conference action. It also extended their win streak to six over Fresno State and prevented back-to-back losses for the first time since 2018.
“I am very proud of how our girls came together this week and rebounded from our loss last week,” head coach Larry Sanchez said. “We have more to accomplish, both in the arena and as a team, and I’m excited about the direction we’re headed.”
The meet began with Fences and Horsemanship.
In Fences, the Cowgirls earned four of the five points. Riley Hogan claimed the first, winning 85-77 and improving to 4-0 on the season. Sydney North followed that with an 80-74 win, but Fresno State would get the next point as Sydnie Ziegler fell to Elle Martin, 74-73. Emma Pacyna remained undefeated with an 82-80 win, and Hope King rounded Fences by matching her career-high in an 86-85 win, earning her first MOP honor of the day.
In Horsemanship, OSU took the first three points before falling in the final two. The Cowgirls’ Jojo Roberson defeated Ella Storch, 78-70, to earn her first point of the day. Claire McDowall continued her nice start to the year with a 68-67.5 win, and Peyton Baxter posted a career-high in her 76-73.5 win. Maddie Fussell posted an impressive 75.5 but came up just short of Alex Krebs’ 76.5, and freshman June Roberson fell 74.5-72.
After a break, the meet continued with Reining and Flat.
In Reining, Molly Mitchell defeated Ashley Jackson, 72.5-72, to earn her first MOP honors of the season and fifth of her career. Freshman Tristan Bagby tied her opponent at 69, leaving the point unawarded. Kelly Harper fell in her first action of the season, 70.5-67, but Jojo Roberson followed that by earning her second point of the day, 71-67, keeping her undefeated on the season in Reining. Quincee Clark rounded out the event with a 69.5-67.5 win, and the Cowgirls took three of five, with one point tied.
Concluding the meet with Flat, OSU captain Grace McReynolds got an 81-73 win to open the event. Fresno State took the next two points, with Hannah Coleman falling to Sara Tuck, 83-81, and Ziegler
losing to Elle Martin, 82-79. The Cowgirls answered by taking the final two Flat points, with King beating Taylor Holstead, 83-73, to earn her second MOP honors of the day, and Ella Reinauer defeating Jillian Spencer, 82-74.
It was the first time that King has been named MOP in two events in a single meet and was the sixth and seventh time she’d earned the award in her career.
The Cowgirls will be off next week before traveling to Auburn, Ala., Nov. 17-18 to take on Bridgewater College and Auburn.