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Equestrian Teams Take Top Honors at NCEA National Championships
April 14, 2012
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The Big 12 Conference went 3-for-3 on the final day of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championships in Waco, Texas, as Texas A&M captured the overall and western titles, while Baylor won the hunter seat crown. The three-day event at the Extraco Events Center featured action by all four of the Big 12’s equestrian teams.

Going into Saturday’s action the league was guaranteed all three titles as each of the four teams competing in the final round were from the Big 12.

Texas A&M wrapped up the overall team title on Friday evening by advancing both its hunter seat and western teams to the finals. It marked the first time in NCEA history that one school had advanced to the finals in both disciplines. The overall national title is the second for the TAMU program and the first since 2002. In total, the Aggies have now won 11 national crowns (two overall titles and nine western national championships).

To claim the hunter seat title, fourth-seed Baylor posted a raw score victory over No. 7 Texas A&M. The two squads were tied 4-4 with each taking two points in both the Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences events, but a 1192-1070 raw score win gave BU the trophy. The win secured Baylor’s first equestrian national championship and the first for a Big 12 school in the hunter seat discipline.

In the contest for the western crown, No. 1 seeded Texas A&M beat out second-seeded Oklahoma State in a raw score tiebreaker. The Aggies and Cowgirls battled to a 4-4 draw with each school scoring two points in both the horsemanship and reining events. TAMU benefited from a no score by one of the OSU riders to secure a 1,116.5-975.5 victory. The western title was Texas A&M’s fourth consecutive.

In other Big 12 action on the final day of the competition, Kansas State’s hunter seat team finished sixth at the event, after falling to second-seeded South Carolina, 7-1.

During the awards ceremony, Kansas State’s Meredith Finch (Equitation on the Flat) and Baylor’s Sam Schaefer (Equitation over Fences) were honored as Most Outstanding Players at the event.
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