The No. 8 TCU equestrian team marked its first home loss of the season, falling 11-8 to No. 3 Oklahoma State Sunday in Springtown, Texas.
TCU outscored Oklahoma State 1,601-1,596.5 and claimed a 6-4 victory in Hunt Seat but fell 2-7 in Western. The loss moved the Horned Frogs to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
The Horned Frogs lost 2-3 in Equitation over Fences with sophomore Demi Stiegler and senior Haley Jacobi claiming the only victories 90-81 and 86-79, respectively.
A 4-1 decision in Equitation on the Flat led to the Horned Frog victory in Hunt Seat. Stiegler and Jacobi, along with freshman Nikki Diamantis and sophomore Kaitlin Perry, all led TCU with separate victories.
Stiegler earned the Most Outstanding Player for Flat with a 93-87 victory over Oklahoma State’s Leighona Bernstein, TCU’s highest score on the day.
“I just prepare myself super early, and whatever horse I get on, I just get in the zone and do my best to win for my team,” Stiegler said.
The award was Stiegler’s second Most Outstanding Player of the season and moved her to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in league play.
Hunt Seat coach Logan Fiorentino said the match against Oklahoma State would take everyone having a good day on the same day. She said she was proud of her team for gathering together and is seeing improvement in her lineups.
The Hunt Seat program moved to 5-3 overall with the second Big 12 victory of the season.
TCU fell 3-1 in Horsemanship with freshman Erin Gillette claiming the lone TCU point 75-73.5 over Oklahoma State’s Ty Paris. Senior Alexie Estrada tied Marissa Dalton 73-73, resulting in a draw.
In Reining, the Horned Frogs lost 4-1 to the Cowgirls with sophomore Katelyn Gray tallying the TCU point 73-71 over Jenna Blumer.
Next weekend TCU faces two opponents at home on back-to-back days with Kansas State Saturday and Auburn Sunday.
Fiorentino said the team as a whole is preparing for both matchups by continuously adapting to changing practices.
“Any time you’ve got a back-to-back weekend, there’s always added challenge,” Fiorentino said. “But I think what’s really great is we have those matches at home, so we can prepare ourselves for those longer days like the Big 12 Championships.”
The Big 12 Championships also take place over two days in March in Stillwater, Okla. Fiorentino is using preparation for the championships to help with the two-day competition next weekend.
“You want to build into the end of the season, and the team keeps handling everything I’m throwing at them,” she said. “The courses over fences are getting harder, and the Flat patterns are getting more difficult, so I’m proud of [the team] for handling that.”