OSU Equestrian Trio Takes Big 12 Rider Of The Month Honors

IRVING, TX-Oklahoma State Horseback Riding Sydnie Ziegler, Molly Mitchelland Katie Pelzel were named Big 12 conference runners of the month for March for fencing, reining and flat, respectively.

Ziegler, Mitchell and Pelzel all received the Most Outstanding Performer award at the Big 12 Equestrian Championship, helping the Cowgirls win an eighth Big 12 title and a No. 1 seed at the NCEA Championship.

Ziegler was named an NCEA First-Team All-American, finishing the season with a 10-3-1 record and going undefeated 4-0 in March. The eldest was also named to the All-Big 12 Fences team. In a jumping-only encounter against Bridgewater College, Ziegler took MOP honors with a 78-76 win to help propel OSU to a 7-1 rout. In a suspenseful contest with then-No. 1 Texas A&M, Ziegler earned another two-point victory, 86-84, to help the Cowgirls in the 9-8 win to wrap up the regular season.

Mitchell went 3-0 in March and finished the season with a 9-3-1 record, earning an NCEA All-America Second Team honor. She edged opponent Texas A&M by half a point for a 74-73.5 win to wrap up the regular season and earned a career-high 74.5 from a judge at the Big 12 Championship while receiving a 71 on the other to help the OSU. in his title. Mitchell was voted to the All-Big 12 Reining Team.

Pelzel also went 10-3-1 this season and finished March with a 3-1 record, receiving an NCEA All-America Honorable Mention. She earned a career-high 92 from one judge in the Big 12 Championship and received an 88 from the other, helping the Cowgirls in their title chase. The senior cruised to a 76-69 win in the Aggies’ upset, with their only defeat of the month coming in the encounter with Bridgewater.

Winners are selected by conference coaches. Pelzel is honored for the first time while Ziegler and Mitchell won the honor for the second time this year.

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Earnest L. Veasey