Following a full day of competition, Baylor and Oklahoma State advanced to the title match of the 2016 Big 12 Equestrian Championship. The top-seeded Bears will meet the second-seeded Cowgirls Saturday morning for the conference crown, while Kansas State will face off against TCU in the third place match.
The seeds stayed true on the first day of competition, as the higher seed advanced in both matches. Baylor took the win against the Wildcats on a raw score advantage (3021.25 – 3005.75) as OSU topped the Horned Frogs 12-7.
In the first match of the morning, Kansas State jumped out to an 8-2 early advantage over Baylor through the Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences events. Wildcat juniors Henley Adkins and Rory Reichelt led the way on the first two events with scores of 165 and 166 respectively. In Horsemanship, the Bears came storming back with all five competitors posting tallies no lower than 145, ultimately outscoring K-State 4-1. In the Reining section, Baylor posted a 4-1 victory with Shyanne Smith (141.5) leading the way to knot up the competition at 10. The teams then went to the raw score tiebreaker where Baylor took the match.
In the second match of the day, Oklahoma State and TCU opened things up with a close 3-2 tally on Equitation on the Flat. TCU junior Molly Peddicord posted an event-high score of 171. In Equitation Over Fences, the Cowgirls opened up a sizeable lead, sweeping the Horned Frogs 5-0 on the event. Jorden Davis led OSU with a 172 as no Cowgirl scored lower than 161 in the event. TCU took the Horsemanship event, 3-2, while the two squads tied in Reining at two. OSU took the dual 12-7.
Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet for the championship starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The two squads split the season series, with Oklahoma State winning 13-7 in Stillwater and Baylor winning 13-6 in Waco.
Tomorrow’s championship match will mark the third-consecutive appearance in the finals for the Bears, who look to take back-to-back Big 12 titles for the first time in school history, while OSU is shooting for their fourth championship in five years. The Cowgirls last won a conference championship in 2014.
Kansas State and TCU hook up for the third place match. The two squads also split the season series with K-State recording a 10-9 victory in Manhattan, and TCU posting the 13-7 triumph in Springtown.