Five equestrian student-athletes were recognized with Big 12 Rider of the Month awards for competition during the month of February. In the Equitation over Fences event, Samantha Harrison (Oklahoma State) was named Rider of the Month, while Meredith Finch (K-State) and Kaitlin Perry (TCU) were honored in the Equitation on the Flat discipline. In Western, Samantha Bayer (TCU) was named Horsemanship Rider of the Month, while Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State) claimed the Reining honor.
This is the first award for both Perry and Harrison, the second for Bayer and Krshka, and the third honor for Finch.
Equitation over Fences Rider of the Month
Samantha Harrison, Oklahoma State, Jr., La Canada, Calif.
Harrison helped lead the Cowgirls to a 3-1 record in the month of February, including Most Outstanding Performer showings against Fresno State and TCU. She amassed a 3-1 record with MOP's against Fresno State, 80, and TCU, 93.
Equitation on the Flat Riders of the Month
Meredith Finch, K-State, Sr., Somerville, Ohio
In the first two meets of the spring season, Finch went 2-0 while picking up MOP honors in both match-ups. The senior defeated Kimberly Hewson Budnik of Fresno State, 84-82, and Jennifer Delman of No. 2 Auburn, 78-72, earning two MOP honors.
Kaitlin Perry, TCU, So., Sacramento, Calif.
Perry went 3-0 in Equitation on the Flat for the month of February, including 2-0 in league play with one MOP honor. She defeated Baylor's Kim Woodsum, 83-68, and Oklahoma State's Ellie Sparks, 90-88.
Horsemanship Rider of the Month
Samantha Bayer, TCU, So., Eagle Point, Ore.
Bayer opened the month clinching the TCU victory over Baylor at the Fort Worth Stock Show with a 75-72 decision over Bryn Lindley. For the month, she only fell once in Horsemanship, while claiming one MOP honor. She went 4-2 between the two Western disciplines for the month, while claiming two MOP accolades in Reining and Horsemanship.
Reining Rider of the Month
Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, So., Yukon, Okla.
Krshka helped lead the Cowgirls to a 3-1 record in the month of February, including a victory over then No. 3 Texas A&M in which she secured the MOP with a high score of 72. She also picked up MOP honors against TCU and Fresno State.
2012-13 EQUESTRIAN 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Reining Rider of the Month|
|October:||Chantz Stewart, TCU, Fr.|
|November:||Kolby Simonson, TCU, Sr.|
|February:||Katy Krshka, Oklahoma State, So.|