Feb. 27, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. - The top-ranked Texas A&M equestrian team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to fourth-ranked Oklahoma State 15-8 at the Animal Science Arena on the OSU campus.

The Aggies (9-1) saw a school-record 13-show regular-season win streak come to an end with the defeat, while OSU improved to 6-2 and remained unbeaten at home on the year.

The teams split points on in the western discipline, with each tallying six victories. Texas A&M took the victory on raw score, however, outscoring the Cowgirls 870.5-867. Senior Randi Standley, who had posted a reining victory earlier in the day, claimed an MVP award with a 74-point ride in horsemanship. Other Aggie western winners were juniors Bianca Lamb, Amanda Brightwell and Kelsey Adams in horsemanship, and juniors Abigail Grabein and Courtney Dawe in reining.

OSU took the momentum on the hunter seat side late in the fences competition, breaking open a tight battle with one-point and two-point wins to claim a 4-1 victory in the discipline. The Aggies' tally came from sophomore Kelsi Shevlin, who earned MVP honors with an 80-78 win over Ali Rose.

On the flat, the Cowgirls scored five of the possible six points to earn the overall hunter seat victory. A&M sophomore Kristen Bell picked up a win in the discipline, downing OSU's Alice White, 75-72.

The Aggies will now take the next month off from competition before returning to the road and closing out the regular season at Fresno State on March 26. Show time is set for 9 a.m. (PT). Texas A&M will then return home and play host to the Big 12 Championship on April 1 & 2 at the Brazos County Expo Complex.