Four equestrian student-athletes were recognized with Big 12 Rider of the Month awards for competition during the month of March. In the Equitation over Fences event, Sam Schaefer (Baylor) was named Rider of the Month, while Alicia Gasser (Baylor) and Cat Avolese (K-State) were honored in the Equitation on the Flat discipline. In Western, Kelly Bovaird (K-State) was named Horsemanship Rider of the Month, while Brooke Boyle (TCU) claimed the Reining honor.
The league’s four squads will travel to the NCEA Championship in Waco April 17-19. Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State earned the No. 2 seed. Kansas State is seeded fifth while Baylor and TCU are seeded sixth and ninth, respectively.
Samantha Schaefer, Baylor, Jr., Westminster, Md.
Schaefer went a perfect 3-0 in the month of March. At Oklahoma State, the junior bested Samantha Elser, 92-91. She ended the month defeating Molly Peddicord (TCU), 161-149, in the Big 12 Championship's opening round and knocked off Elser for the second time in the championship's finals, 171-126. For her outstanding performances, she was named the MOP for the fences event at the Big 12 Championship
Equitation on the Flat Riders of the Month
Alicia Gasser, Baylor, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Gasser went undefeated in March, picking up three wins and the MOP honor for Equitation on the Flat at the Big 12 Championship. At Oklahoma State, the freshman defeated Ali Rose, 73-61. Gasser notched her first victory of the Big 12 Championship with a 156-132 decision against TCU's Kaitlin Perry and took down Samantha Harrison (Oklahoma State), 151-137, in the finals.
Cat Avolese, K-State, Sr., St. James, N.Y.
Avolese went a perfect 3-0 during March. She knocked off Kaitlin Perry of TCU, 84-79, and picked up wins over Jorden Davis (Oklahoma State) and Molly Peddicord (TCU) during the Big 12 Championship. Avolese bested Davis 150-138, while defeating Peddicord, 152-138.
Horsemanship Rider of the Month
Kelly Bovaird, K-State, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.
Bovaird was phenomenal in March, going a perfect 3-0 in Horsemanship with one MOP. In her win over Rylee Morgan of TCU on March 8, Bovaird scored a 74.5 clinching the win vs. TCU on Senior Day, helping K-State finish an undefeated home record. Against OSU in the Big 12 Championship, Bovaird defeated Ty Paris, 144.5-129. She also took down Erin Gillette of TCU in the championship, 140-132.
Reining Rider of the Month
Brooke Boyle, TCU, Fr., Sutter Creek, Calif.
Boyle went undefeated during the month of March, while also gathering one MOP. Overall, she went 3-0-1 during the month, including 2-0-1 against conference foes. Boyle opened the Big 12 Championship defeating Baylor 143.5-142.5 and then battled to a 138.5-138.5 draw in the Frogs' second round matchup against K-State.
2013-14 EQUESTRIAN RIDERS OF THE MONTH
|Equitation Over Fences Rider of the Month|
|October:||Alicia Gasser, Baylor, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|November:||Sam Schaefer, Baylor, Jr., Westminster, Md.|
|February:||Sam Schaefer, Baylor, Jr., Westminster, Md.|
|March:||Sam Schaefer, Baylor, Jr., Westminster, Md.|
|Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month|
|October:||Caitlin Ader, TCU, Sr., Palm Coast, Fla.|
|Sam Schaefer, BU, Jr., Westminster, Md.|
|November:||Jacquelyn Bogstad, K-State, Sr., Woodland Hills, Colo.|
|February:||Samantha Harrison, Oklahoma State, Sr., La Canada, Calif.|
|March:||Alicia Gasser, Baylor, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|Cat Avolese, K-State, Sr., St. James, N.Y.|
|Horsemanship Rider of the Month|
|October:||Kelly Bovaird, K-State, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.|
|November:||Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, Jr., Yukon, Okla.|
|February:||Rylee Morgan, TCU, Fr., Provo, Utah|
|March:||Kelly Bovaird, K-State, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.|
|Reining Rider of the Month|
|October:||Chantz Stewart, TCU, So., Cave Creek, Ariz.|
|November:||Alexi Child, TCU, Jr., Aurora, Ore.|
|February:||Savannah Smith, K-State, Jr., Chinook, Mont.|
|March:||Brooke Boyle, TCU, Fr., Sutter Creek, Calif.|