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Cowgirls to Conclude Fall Season with Multi-Meet Road Trip

by Staff

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The Basics

The No. 6 Oklahoma State equestrian team travels east for a multi-meet weekend against a pair of SEC foes, taking on No. 7 South Carolina on Nov. 17 and No. 5 Georgia on Nov. 18. The Cowgirls are 2-3 overall this season and 2-1 against Big 12 opponents. South Carolina is 4-3 on the year and 0-3 against SEC teams, while Georgia is 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Georgia claimed the victory against South Carolina when they competed earlier this season, 15-4. OSU trails the series against South Carolina 6-8 and haven’t faced the Gamecocks since 2019. The Cowgirls are also 6-8 against the Bulldogs, but have won the last two against them last year. The meet against South Carolina is set to start at 9 a.m. CT and an 11 a.m. CT start time against Georgia.


About the Cowgirls                                                                                                                        

Head coach Larry Sanchez, in his 25th year at the helm, leads the Cowgirls alongside fifth-year assistant Laura Brainard, second-year assistant Carter Anderson, first-year assistant Alle Durkin and consultant Jody Brainard.


Fresh Faces on Staff                                                                                                                        

Alle Durkin and Jody Brainard enter their first year with the Cowgirls. Durkin, a former rider at Texas A&M joins Carter Anderson as OSU’s second assistant Jumping Seat coach. Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Durkin trained under the tutelage of several leaders in the equestrian world, such as Kevin Babington and Kenny and Linda Langmeier. While working with Babington as a student worker, she developed skills in training and caring for top-level horses, along with gaining experience in business and equine management activities. Brainard, uncle of OSU Western assistant coach Laura Brainard, joins OSU as a consultant in the Reining event. Brainard brings over 40 years of experience to OSU’s team, highlighted by his time spent as a professional horseman and his established credibility in training horses.  He’s held titles such as official, researcher, monitor and mentor to go along with his status as a professional.


Conference Leaders                                                                                                                    

The Cowgirls went 6-2 against Big 12 opponents last season, including two wins on their way to the program’s second conference championship three-peat, something no team in the Big 12 has done.


An Oklahoma State Win Would…                                                                                      

– Improve the Cowgirls record against both teams to 7-8.

– Be its first win in Columbia since 2012.

– Be its third straight against Georgia.

– Be the first against Georgia in Athens.


“We are excited for this road trip and two quality competitions,” head coach Larry Sanchez said. “South Carolina and Georgia are two teams that have been good for many years and we expect them to be at their best this weekend. Our girls have been riding very well and are ready for this trip to the SEC.”


Cowgirl MOPs

Vs TCU: Hogan (Fences), McDowall (Horsemanship)

At Baylor: Budd (Reining), Hogan (Flat)

At SMU: Clark (Reining), Holway (Fences)

Vs. TAMU: Fussell (Horsemanship)

Vs. Fresno St.: Clark (Reining), Fussell (Horsemanship), North (Fences), Reinauer (Flat)


Who to Watch                                                                                                             


·       OSU is coming off its most complete effort of the season against Fresno State, where all for MOP performers were Cowgirls. Ella Reinauer led the way, scoring a career-best 91 points in Flat and earning NCEA Ride of the Week in the process. The Cowgirls outscored the Bulldogs in every event, a feat that last happened against Baylor last year in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.


·       After losing the first ride of the season, captain Maddie Fussell has caught fire with four straight wins to start the season 4-1 in Horsemanship. She earned her first career MOP against Texas A&M, and claimed the status again against Fresno State with a season-high 76.5.


·       Junior Riley Hogan has gotten off to a hot start to begin the year, as she already has two MOPs under her belt. She’s 4-1-0 in Fences and 3-1-1 in Flat for a combined 7-2-1 to start the year. Last time out, she secured two points for the Cowgirls as a Fences and Flat rider for the second meet in a row.


·       Claire McDowall has proven to be one of the most reliable riders on the Western side. She’s 4-1 to start the year and earned MOP honors in the season opener against TCU. McDowall, Hogan and Fussell are the three Cowgirl riders with four wins in their respective event to start the season.


·       Sydney North returned to OSU for a graduate year. North has been a four-year starter and looks to compile one of the highest win totals in a Cowgirl career in program history. Currently sitting at 31 combined wins, she got things going in the 2023-24 season with her 25th career win in Fences against TCU and a career-high 90 points against SMU. She also earned her first MOP of the year in Fences against Fresno State.


·       Freshman Bella Holway put forth a 91-point effort in Fences against SMU in just her third collegiate ride. It tops the list of freshmen performances in the event in OSU history and is the second highest among any riders in program history. Holway is 3-1-1 to start her career.


·       Quincee Clark is a two-time MOP on the year with a 69.5-69 win against Fresno State. Her win secured the team advantage for the Cowgirls in Reining.


·       Abby Budd scored Reining MOP honors in just her second collegiate ride. Against Baylor, the sophomore scored a crucial point with a 70.5-62.5 victory to seal the victory for the Cowgirls.


·       Ella Reinauer, Maddie Fussell and Bella Holway have all earned NCEA Ride of the Week for one of their performances this season. A Cowgirl has been the Ride of the Week three of the five weeks in which there has been a competition.

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