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Baylor’s Kara Fergusson competes in Equitation Over Fences during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 30, 2012.

Texas A&M’s Haley Buchmiller competes in Equitation on the Flat during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 30, 2012.

Riders polish their boots before competing in Horsemanship during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 30, 2012.

K-State huddles to sing the school fight song before the second day of the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

Baylor’s Samantha Schaefer and Ace stumble in Equitation Over Fences during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

K-State’s Melanie Hinzpeter competes in Equitation on the Flat during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

K-State’s Jimmy displays his braided mane during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

Texas A&M’s Becca Murray competes in Reining during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

Texas A&M’s Courtney Dawe competes in Reining during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

Oklahoma State celebrates a point against Texas A&M during the Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas on March 31, 2012.

I shot the 2012 Big 12 Equestrian Championships at TimberCreek Stables in Manhattan, Kansas. This is the first year that the Big 12 Conference has supported equestrian as a championship. Baylor, K-State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are the only schools in the Big 12 Conference who have equestrian teams. Oklahoma State defeated Texas A&M in the finals to win the championship.

-scott weaver

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