Western Riders Lead TCU In South Dakota

Oct. 3, 2009


BROOKINGS, S.D. - The Horned Frogs captured six MVP accolades overall on Saturday to go 1-1 against South Dakota State and Delaware State at Fox Creek Farms.

TCU closed the day dominating DSU, 11-5, outscoring the Hornets, 1,155-1,138.5. Against the Jackrabbits, TCU, who outscored the Jacks, 1,155-1,126, dropped a heartbreaker, 9-7.

"The fence team led off today in a three-way competition tying SDSU and DSU, 2-2. From there the Horsemanship girls took over and rocked as they took a commanding lead in the Western competition with a 3-1 decision over SDSU, while also taking all four of the Hornets matches," said head coach Gary Reynolds. "Handing the big lead off to the reiners they galloped past DSU, 4-0, and split the South Dakota State match, 2-2. An extremely long game today left us with Equitation on the Flat to go last. It was an unusual day for our traditionally strong flat team. Really, we let a series of mental mistakes build up for a loss. This has been a tough few weeks and we are ready for some home games next week."

TCU upended SDSU in Horsemanship, 3-1. Courtney Chown, a sophomore from Pilot Point, got the Frogs started, defeating Britta Barta, 71.5-68. Junior Kelsey Huffman collected MVP accolades, riding to a 73-71.5 decision over Maggie Holzworth. Ashley Aikman recorded the final point in Horsemanship on Saturday in Brookings.

The Frogs were even more impressive against Delaware State, shutting out DSU, 4-0. Aikman garnered the MVP award against the Hornets, defeating Brittni Collins, 73-67.5. Huffman, Chown and Baker completed the sweep with impressive rides at Fox Creek Farms. Huffman downed Jennifer Pierson, 73-68.5, while Chown made quick work of Shelby Bonneville, winning, 71.5-69.5. Baker completed the final point for TCU with a 71.5-70.5 victory over the Hornets' Morgan Scuse.

In Reining, TCU outscored the Jacks, 278-212, but battled to a 2-2 draw. Senior Carrie von Uhlit gathered MVP honors on Saturday by downing Angela Gebhart, 73-71. Huffman scored the other point in the event for the Frogs.

The Frogs made quick work of the Hornets in Reining with a 4-0 blanking on Saturday. Von Uhlit and Huffman continued their impressive day, downing Morgan Scuse and Amanda Hotz, respectively, while Chloe Baker defeated Breann Huyett, 69-67.5, to capture MVP accolades. Ashton Mickunas, a Fort Worth native, recorded the final point for the sweep against DSU.

Against South Dakota State, the Purple and White posted a 5-3 advantage in Western competition, while TCU outscored Delaware State, 8-0.

"We captured all four of the Western MVP's and spread them around. Ashley Aikman got her second MVP in Horsemanship for the season and she is really starting to be a leader for this team, while Chloe Baker recorded her second MVP in Reining," said Reynolds. "Jessica Hagen got MVP honors on the flat and Carrie von Uhlit continues to lead this team in Reining, proving why she is a National Champion. I am really proud of Kelsey Huffman, she was able to get another Horsemanship MVP as she just continues to put together winning rides."

In Equitation over Fences against South Dakota State, TCU was led by junior Lauren Quiroz. Quiroz captured MVP honors in the event, downing Victoria Pecak, 80-76. Jennifer Whitt tallied the other point for the Frogs on Saturday morning.

Against Delaware State, Victoria Lee and Quiroz tallied points in a 2-2 draw. Quiroz defeated Kayla Blair, 80-79, while Lee recorded a 75-69 victory over Reily Finnelly.

Junior Milana Trimino rode to a 72-61 decision over DSU's E. Frayser Tuttle in Equitation on the Flat. Jessica Hagen recorded MVP accolades on Saturday against Delaware State, but dropped an 80-77 difference to Kamerra Brown.

"The Hunt Seat team is about three weeks into Coach Huffman's tenure, so I expect there to be tough times as we transition to her coaching style, but in the end it will be great," said Reynolds.

TCU will next be in action against Fresno State at home on Oct. 10.



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