STILLWATER, Okla. –The Oklahoma State Cowgirls and the Kansas State Wildcats will meet Saturday for the Big 12 Equestrian Championship after each tallied close semifinal wins on Friday at the Animal Science Arena in Stillwater, Okla.
The Cowgirls, who entered as the No. 1 seed, jumped out to a 6-2 lead over No. 4 seed Baylor following Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship, but Baylor made a late charge and eventually tied the match at 7-7.
It all came down to the final ride in equitation on the flat for Oklahoma State’s Ali Rose, and she delivered. Needing to beat a score of 149 to secure the win, Rose earned a 159 to send the Cowgirls to the final.
In the other semifinal, No. 3 seed Kansas State raced out to the exact same 6-2 lead, only to see second-seeded TCU nearly erase it. The Horned Frogs outscored the Wildcats 5-2 in the final two events, but it wasn’t enough as Kansas State held on, 10-5.
Oklahoma State and Kansas State split their regular season matchups, which was a trend in the Big 12 this season—each team in the Big 12 finished conference play 3-3--and seeding had to be done via raw scores. The Cowgirls took down the Wildcats in the first meeting of the season, 15-7, in Stillwater on Nov. 17. The Wildcats responded with an 11-8 win in Manhattan on March 16.
The rubber match for the Big 12 Championship will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. Kansas State has a chance to win its first Big 12 equestrian title, and Oklahoma State looks to claim its third Big 12 crown.
Baylor and TCU will square off in the third-place match, which will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. as well.
Admission is free, and fans can follow the Big 12 Conference on Twitter for updates (@Big12conference).