By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
After two road losses to Big 12 opponents Kansas State and Baylor, it seemed all the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowgirls equestrian team needed was some home cooking as it defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 15-3 in its home opener Saturday at the Animal Sciences Arena.
“I’m so happy,” senior Samantha Harrison said. “It’s an awesome feeling especially being at home and our first home show.”
Coach Larry Sanchez said his riders executed well and was pleased with the effort.
“All of them went in there with the thought of scoring the point for the team,” Sanchez said. “They all worked to that end, in a couple of instances it didn’t work out that way but you can’t fault them for going in there and trying their hardest.”
Oklahoma State had a pretty good crowd with the stands full. Junior Katy Krshka from Yukon said the support was great.
“With the media we’ve been having it’s been really good to see a good crowd out here and we had good weather,” Krshka said.
The Cowgirls (1-2) won the Hunter Seat events with a 3-1 victory in equitation over fences and a 4-0 sweep in equitation on the flat. Senior Samantha Harrison led the way defeating SDSU’s Jordan Goodall 86-74 in equitation over fences and scored an 85 in equitation on flat. Harrison said she thought everyone rode well.
“It really paid off today,” Harrison said. “I’m really excited for all the girls. They put in a lot of hard work.”
In the Western events, the defending national champion didn’t disappoint as Oklahoma State swept horsemanship with a 5-0 win. Krshka and Lindsey McMullen tied for the highest score with 76.5 with each of them scoring points.
The Jackrabbits (3-5) challenged the Cowgirls in reining. Raivenne Scott defeated Oklahoma State’s Erin Willoughby 71.5-66 and Makayla Reed edged out OSU Jenna Blumer 72.5-71.5. MacKenzie Fugitt outscored South Dakota State’s Christina Dexter 68-67 and Justine Peters clinched the event for OSU with a 70-67 victory over Danielle Baker. Krshka picked up the other victory for the Cowgirls with a 72.5-62 victory over Caroline Lesousky. The junior said it was exciting.
“It helped being at home and being in our comfort zone,” Krshka said. “Not only that but everyone rode up to the bar and even past it, a lot of girls. We had a really good showing.”
The Cowgirls return to action on Nov. 16 against TCU at home. Harrison said she feels confident about that match.
“I feel like we are on roll,” Harrison said. “We’re excited for TCU.”
Sanchez said Saturday’s win gives his team some confidence.
“Anytime you get a victory it makes you feel good, but we know we still have more work to do and there’s always room to get better.”