Aggie Riders to Close Home Schedule Against Rival Oklahoma State

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M equestrian team will take one of the nation's best records into its final home competition of the season against long-time rival Oklahoma State on Saturday at 10 a.m. at N.W. 'Dick' Freeman Arena.

The Aggies (8-2) are tied with Auburn and Georgia for having the fewest losses in the country heading into this weekend. The Cowgirls went a perfect 6-0 during the fall but are 2-3 during the spring, having lost three consecutive shows all on the road.

The two teams met in Stillwater on Nov. 10 with OSU ending the Aggies'
season-opening 6-0 start with a 16-9 victory.

The overall series between the two rivals is knotted up at two wins apiece.

The western squad is 3-1 all-time against the Cowgirls while the hunter seat riders will be looking to secure their first-ever win over OSU since going to varsity-only competition. However, the hunter seat team currently ranks No. 1 in the country with a 9-1 record with its only blemish coming in Stillwater last fall.

Saturday's show will be the Aggies' final home competition at Freeman Arena.

A&M has used Freeman Arena as its home since its birth as a club team in the 1989-90 season. The Aggies will begin competing at the Brazos County Expo Center in the fall of 2008.

Saturday's show will also honor the residents and support personnel of Still Creek Boys & Girls Ranch, which is located 15 miles west of Bryan. The Ranch has been a children's home since 1988 where children can be raised and educated in a loving Christian environment. A silent auction and the opportunity to give financial donations will also take place to raise money for the Ranch, which is funded strictly by donations. The Ranch does not receive support from the state or federal government nor the United Way and its charities. Members of the Texas A&M equestrian team have spent time out of their busy college schedules weekly at the Ranch this past athletic year, providing support to its inhabitants.

Admission to Saturday's show is free of charge. The 12th Man Team Rewards Program will be in attendance to scan/stamp its members. There will also be a coloring station for kids as well as an opportunity to have their picture taken with a small pony.