WACO, Texas – The Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma State Cowgirls are set to compete for the 2014 Big 12 Equestrian Championship on Saturday after pulling off semifinal victories over TCU and K-State at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco on Friday afternoon.
For the second-consecutive season, the Cowgirls entered the championship as the No. 1 seed. OSU held on to a narrow 5-4 lead over No. 4 K-State through fences and horsemanship. In the second half of the day, each team picked up five points between the reining and flat events, giving the Cowgirls the 10-9 victory.
In-state rivals Baylor and TCU met in the day's other semifinal. The second-seeded Bears jumped out to a 7-3 lead over No. 3 TCU after fences and horsemanship. TCU picked up four of the five points in reining, but the Bears held on to win, 11-9.
Oklahoma State and Baylor will meet in Saturday’s championship match. The Cowgirls will be looking for their third-consecutive title, while the Bears will look to win their first title since 2010. The two teams split the regular season contests with each team winning at home.
The Cowgirls’ appearance in the finals will be their fourth-consecutive while Baylor will make its first appearance since winning it all in 2010.
K-State and TCU will meet in the third-place match, set to begin at 10 a.m. The Wildcats and Horned Frogs also split the regular-season series.
Fans can watch the entire championship live at Big12Sports.com and follow along on Twitter for live updates (@Big12Conference / #Big12EQ).