MANHATTAN, Kan. - Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will face off in the 2012 Big 12 Equestrian Championship title match at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Timbercreek Stables. The Cowgirls and Aggies each tallied semifinal victories on day one of the event to setup a rematch of last season's Championship finale, which Texas A&M won 11-4.
No. 1 seed Oklahoma State improved to 9-4 on the season with a 9-7 win against fourth-seeded Kansas State. The Cowgirls opened up a 5-3 lead over K-State through the Hunterseat disciplines and then maintained that lead with a 2-2 tie in the Horsemanship event. However, the Wildcats would mount a late comeback as they secured the first two points of the reining competition to knot the match at seven points apiece. OSU would then bounce back to take the final two rides of the day to tie the Horsemanship portion 2-2 and lock up the match, 9-7.
Defending Big 12 champion and third-seeded Texas A&M (10-4) scored an upset with its 9-6 victory against No. 2 seed Baylor (10-5) in the other semifinal match. The Bears jumped out to an early lead by winning the Hunterseat portion of the match, 4-3. However, Texas A&M answered back with back-to-back 3-1 victories in Horsemanship and Reining to score the 9-6 decision.
In their two previous meeting this year, the Cowgirls and Aggies both won at home. Texas A&M grabbed a 14-8 win on November 5, while Oklahoma State tallied a 13-10 victory on February 25.
With Kansas State's loss to Oklahoma State it marks the first time that a host institution will not win the Big 12 title. Oklahoma State (2009), Baylor (2010) and Texas A&M (2011) all won the event while hosting it.
Baylor and Kansas State will square off for third place in the event at 10 a.m. on Saturday as well. Baylor has never finished below third place in the three-year history of the Championship.
Admission for Saturday is free and open to the public. For updates on the event follow the Big 12 Conference on Twitter (@Big12Conference).