Melissa Dukes

Melissa  Dukes

Western Head Coach | 4th Season

Alma Mater:
TCU | 1989


No. 3 TCU Set For No. 7 SMU Friday

Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. CT in Springtown.


TCU Equestrian Opens Season Friday

The Horned Frogs will host Texas Tech and North Central Texas College Friday.


TCU Adds Anderson And Lombard Thursday

Laska Anderson and Carly Lombard will join TCU next season.


No. 8 TCU Opens at No. 9 SMU

Start time is set for 10 a.m. in Bartonville.


Baylor - Big 12s - Part 1

Baylor - Big 12s - Part 1


Baylor - Big 12s - Part 2

Baylor - Big 12s - Part 2


TCU vs Texas A&M - Western

TCU vs Texas A&M


TCU vs Baylor

TCU vs Baylor in Equestrian


Senior Day against Fresno State

The ladies of No. 10 TCU Equestrian faced the No. 5 Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday

During the 2016-17 season, Dukes led her Western riders to 10 wins with the two disciplines combined. The Western side recorded two shutouts in Reining and two meets where the Western side won outright. Her Horsemanship riders went 9-7-2 on the season. Throughout the year, Dukes had two Western riders named Big 12 Rider of the Month, one named Rider of the Year for the Big 12 at the conclusion of the season, as well as one rider being named All-Big 12. On the academic side, three riders were named Academic All-Big 12, five riders named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team, and five earned academic accolades from the NCEA. TCU also had its 12th horse named an NCEA Top Horse under the direction of Dukes in Reno Pep, a Reiner.

In just her first year with the program, Melissa Dukes helped TCU record runner-up accolades at nationals. By doing so, she helped elevate the program to new heights never seen before as the Horned Frogs ended the season No. 2 in the nation and became the lowest seed ever to advance to the NCEA National Championship in NCEA history. Dukes groomed Chantz Stewart into the Big 12 Rider of the Year, as well as a NCEA First-Team All-America selection in Reining during the 2015-16 season. Junior Megan McMullen also claimed first-team All-America recognition under Dukes watch, while also being named the 2016 NCEA Most Outstanding Performer at nationals. By the time the Horned Frogs historic run at nationals was complete, Dukes had four student-athlete honored on the 2016 NCEA All-Championship Team.

She also helped numerous student-athletes on the Western side excel in the classroom as Erin Gillette, Stewart, Carley Montemuro, Brook Boyle and Rylee Morgan all earned Academic All-America honors under Dukes watch in 2015-16. Several other student-athletes throughout the season were awarded Academic All-Big 12, while also being named to the La Hacienda Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to TCU, Dukes, who has coached or trained over 25 World, Reserve World and Congress Championships, brought a wealth of experience with her to Fort Worth as she recently was the co-owner for Dukes Performance Horses in Weatherford, training and competing on a national level, as well as handling all public relation and marketing opportunities.

A member of the AQHA Board of Directors, Dukes is a well respected judge in AQHA, APHA and NSBA, while also being an AQHA Professional Horseman. She also serves on the AQHA Youth Committee, Merle Wood Humanitarian Award Task Force and Texas A&M Equine Initiative Program Development Committee, respectively.

In the saddle, Dukes has hoisted 18 Congress Championships to go along with five World Show Championship titles in Western and English events in youth, amateur and open classes.

She has also earned High Point Rider in Australia at the World Cup Competition, while recording points in 13 different AQHA events.

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