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Oklahoma State Equestrian is set to defend its NCEA National Championship this week in Ocala, Florida. The Cowgirls enter as the three seed, setting up a first-round matchup with six-seed Georgia. OSU defeated the Bulldogs, 11-8, when the teams met on February 11th and enters Ocala having won seven of its last eight meets. The winner of Oklahoma State-Georgia will take on the winner of Auburn-South Carolina in the national semifinal. The NCEA Championship will have live scoring available throughout the week and streaming will be available to subscribers through Horse & Country Plus.
About the Cowgirls
OSU heads to Ocala coming off capturing its third-straight Big 12 Conference title. The top-seeded Cowgirls hosted the championship in Stillwater, knocking off four-seed Baylor in the first round before defeating two-seed TCU in the championship meet. Senior Jojo Roberson was named the Big 12 Championship Reining MOP for her efforts throughout the weekend.
Oklahoma State entered the 2022-23 season as the defending NCEA National Champions after winning the first overall title in program history last spring. The Cowgirls also became the first women's team in OSU history to win a national championship in any sport. Now, they'll look to become the first team to win back-to-back national titles since 2018-19.
After winning the Big 12 Championship, conference honors were announced, with four Cowgirls gaining recognition. Sydney North and Riley Hogan were named to the All-Big 12 Fences team, while Claire McDowall and Jojo Roberson were selected to the All-Big 12 Horsemanship Team. For Roberson, it marked the second All-Big 12 selection of her career.
Six Oklahoma State riders were selected as All-Americans for the 2022-23 season. Riley Hogan and Sydney North were named second-team All-Americans in Fences while Emma Pacyna was honorable mention. Claire McDowall and Jojo Roberson were selected as second team All-Americans in Horsemanship, while Quincee Clark, along with Roberson, was named All-America honorable mention in Reining. This was Roberson and North's second time earning All-America honors.
Oklahoma State Wins Would...
- Give the Cowgirls back-to-back NCEA National Championships.
- Make it the first back-to-back NCEA National Champions since 2018-19
- Extend its postseason win streak to nine, dating back to last season.
"We are very excited about the NCEA Championship," head coach Larry Sanchez said. "The World Equestrian Center venue is incredible, and we are fortunate to be able to host our national championship again in Ocala, Florida. Our girls are riding extremely well right now and have become even closer the past few weeks. This is setting up to be an exciting championship."
Cowgirls To Watch
- After a dominant spring, the accolades have rolled in for Sydney North. The senior was named a second-team All-American while also earning a spot on the All-Big 12 Fences team after going 10-4 on the season with three MOPs.
- In a season in which she went 9-2-1, Claire McDowall went seven-straight meets without a loss heading into the Big 12 Championship. After losing by a point-and-a-half in the semifinal, the second-team All-American redeemed herself by winning her point in the championship meet before being named to the All-Big 12 Horsemanship team.
- Riley Hogan has put together an impressive first two years in Stillwater, compiling a 17-5 record over two seasons. The sophomore was named a Second-Team All-American and to the All-Big 12 Fences team after going 11-3 this year with three MOPs.
- Jojo Roberson has compiled a resume few can match in her time as a Cowgirl. Now the senior enters what could be her final NCEA National Championship as a two-time All-American and three time-All Big 12 selection after going 9-3 in Reining and 8-4 in Horsemanship with five MOPs this season.
- Quincee Clark will enter Ocala on a five-meet unbeaten streak after going 2-0 at the Big 12 Championship. The sophomore was named All-America Honorable Mention in Reining after going 8-2-2 on the season and returns to the NCEA National Championship having won two points there a year ago for the Cowgirls.