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OSU Leads Big 12 Rider of the Month Honors for March
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Coming off thier second straight Big 12 Championship, two Oklahoma State Cowgirls have been recognized with Big 12 Rider of the Month awards for competition during the month of March. Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State) claimed both Western awards, winning the Reining and Horsemanship honors. In the Equitation over Fences event, Samantha Schaefer (Baylor) and Kali Yates (Kansas State) were named Riders of the Month, while Samantha Harrison (Oklahoma State) and Kaitlin Perry (TCU) were honored in the Equitation on the Flat discipline.

This is the first recognition for Yaters, second for both Perry and Harrison and the fourth honor for Schaefer. Krshka has four career awards.

Equitation over Fences Riders of the Month
Samantha Schaefer, Baylor, So., Westminster, Md.
Schaefer picked up three wins during the month, all three of which earned her MOPs. The sophomore was named the Most Outstanding Fences Rider at the Big 12 Championship after going 2-0 with a pair of MOPs. Schaefer garnered a 90 vs. Auburn on March 2. She then recorded a 176 in the opening round vs. Oklahoma State and a 180 in a third place win over TCU.

Kali Yates, Kansas State, Sr., Bonner Springs, Kan.
The senior has helped K-State to a No. 4 ranking this season and has been a reliable competitor all year. She went 4-2 while helping the Wildcats to a second place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Sh was named to the Academic All-Big 12 second team.

Equitation on the Flat Riders of the Month
Samantha Harrison, Oklahoma State, Jr., La Canada, Calif.
Harrison helped lead the Cowgirls to their second consecutive Big 12 Championship while picking up MOP honors in equitation on the flat in the Big 12 Championship.

Kaitlin Perry, TCU, So., Sacramento, Calif.
Perry went 5-1 during the month of March in Equitation on the Flat, including 2-0 at the Big 12 Championship and 3-0 against Big 12 competition. Her only loss was by two points against Auburn. She also picked up two MOP accolades during the month.

Horsemanship Rider of the Month and Reining Rider of the Month
Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, So., Yukon, Okla.
Krshka helped lead the Cowgirls to their second consecutive Big 12 Championship while compiling a 8-0 record in horsemanship and reining in the month of March. She also finished the season 16-0 in horsemanship with four MOP performances this month including both the Big 12 Championship horsemanship and reining MOPs.

2012-13 BIG 12 RIDERS OF THE MONTH

  Equitation Over Fences Rider of the Month
October: Rachel Webster, K-State, Jr.
November: Samantha Schaefer, Baylor, So.
February: Samantha Harrison, Oklahoma State, Jr.
March: Samantha Schaefer, Baylor, So.
  Kali Yates, K-State, Sr.
  Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month
October: Samantha Schaefer, Baylor, So.
November: Demi Stiegler, TCU, So.
February: Meredith Finch, K-State, Sr.
  Kaitlin Perry, TCU, So.
March: Samantha Harrison, Oklahoma State, Jr.
  Kaitlin Perry, TCU, So.
  Horsemanship Rider of the Month
October: Samantha Bayer, TCU, So.
November: Hannah Ribera, K-State, Sr.
  Alexie Estrada, TCU, Sr.
February: Samantha Bayer, TCU, So.
March: Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, So.
  Reining Rider of the Month
October: Chantz Stewart, TCU, Fr.
November: Kolby Simonson, TCU, Sr.
February: Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, So.
March: Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, So.
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