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Oct. 27, 2007

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STILLWATER, Okla.Allison Bradley won two rides but the South Carolina equestrian team couldn’t overcome a strong showing by Oklahoma State, dropping a 16-3 decision at the Animal Science Center in Stillwater, Okla.

“We seemed to make a lot of mistakes,” head coach Boo Duncan said. “It just wasn’t our day today. We have to give Oklahoma State credit for riding well. We’ll regroup and try to ride better tomorrow. We want to keep everyone focused so we do well at Kansas State.”

Bradley, a senior from Lancaster, Calif., won in horsemanship (72.5-69.5) and reining (70-68) to lead the Gamecocks. Her score of 72.5 in horsemanship tied an event high and her reining score was also a team-high. Sophomore Nicole Bourgeois (Sherwood, Ore.) rode to an 85-45 victory in equitation over fences to also score for the Gamecocks. The 85 points marked the highest score of any rider on the day as she earned MVP honors, and the 40-point margin of victory was the largest of the day and Carolina’s largest of the season.

“We’re proud of the effort Allison Bradley put forth,” Duncan said. “Nicole Bourgeois also rode extremely well and we were pleased with her ride. She was our only MVP winner. Those two definitely stood out today.”

Freshman Chloe Gray rode to a draw in reining, scoring 69.5 to tie Cowgirl Rachell Shobe who entered the competition with a 2-0 record on the season. Bradley’s defeat of Rachel Currat in reining makes her the first rider to defeat Currat this season.

The Gamecocks are now 2-2 on the season and hold a 2-2 record in the Hunter Seat and 1-3 record in the Western division. Carolina will head north tomorrow when they take on Kansas State Sunday, Oct. 28, at 9:30 a.m.