Stillwater News Press

November 16, 2013

Oklahoma State equestrian thumps No. 3 TCU

By Andrew Glover

STILLWATER, Okla. — The No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowgirls equestrian team experienced a rarity Saturday — being an underdog to the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs. The Cowgirls didn’t look like an underdog as they defeated TCU 14-5 at the Animal Sciences Arena.

“I think the girls rode extremely well today. We challenged them all week to step up their game and take their riding to a whole new level and that’s what they did.”

Senior Andrea Robbins, who received the highest score in equitation over fences, said it was a big win.

“I don’t think our ranking has shown how good of a team we are,” Robbins said. “It was great to beat a team of their caliber.”

The Cowgirls (2-2) won the Hunter Seat Events — equitation over fences and equitation on flats — 6-4 for their second win of the season in that category. Robbins said that was a big confidence builder.

“It’s hard because the points can go either way, especially in the flat,” Robbins said. “It was good that we stayed consistent the whole day. Everyone rode really well.”

Oklahoma State, the defending Western Division National Champion, dominated TCU in horsemanship and reining with an 8-1 victory. Katy Krshka, who scored the highest in horsemanship, said everyone rode well.

“We stayed strong and were in the right mentality today,” Krshka said. “Everyone did some damage.”

The match was the last for the Cowgirls of the fall semester. Oklahoma State returns to action Jan. 31 when it faces Auburn in Dover, Del. Sanchez, Krshka and Robbins said Saturday’s win gives them momentum for the next semester.

“It was something we really needed,” Robbins said. “We killed South Dakota and killed TCU. I think we are going to take these two wins and run with them and come back stronger.”

“I’m excited to see what next semester brings,” Krshka said. “I’m excited for a little break, we’ve been going pretty hard. Hopefully we can keep our streak going.”

“We just have to keep going,” Sanchez said. “We are not at our endpoint yet, we have to work toward our finished product which is a national championship which is going to take some cleaning up some things that even though we won today, and it was a big victory, there were still some things we can focus on.

“I think the girls need to take a little bit of a break, enjoy this victory, enjoy this time, but when they come back at semester time they need to hit it again and work toward the goal, which is a national championship.”