No. 8 TCU Travels to SMU Saturday

Molly Peddicord

Molly Peddicord

Feb. 27, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 8 TCU will close out non-conference play Saturday afternoon against cross-town foe SMU at Sleepy P Ranch. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. CT in Bartonville.

Fresh off a 12-8 victory over nationally ranked Oklahoma State last weekend, the Horned Frogs, who currently sit in second-place in the Big 12 standings, will look to improve 7-4 overall and claim their first road victory of the year against the Mustangs.

"We are very excited to compete against SMU this weekend at their new facility,” said Western Head Coach Kindel Walter. “It will be our first time competing against them with a Western team and we are very much looking forward to it.  We had some great rides against Oklahoma State and can't wait to build off that, not only for this meet, but also for the rest of the semester. We are practicing really hard and looking forward to the friendly match-up."

Follow The Horned Frogs
A full recap and final results will be available following competition on During the meet, live results will be made available at the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian.

All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs and Mustangs are set to compete for the ninth time in program history Saturday. TCU currently holds a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series and has won three out of the last five meetings, including a 6-4 decision last October.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Saturday's meet looking to move to 7-4 overall. The Horned Frogs, who are currently No. 8 in the national polls, will look to capitalize off their thrilling 12-8 conference victory over Oklahoma State last weekend.

On the Western side, Chantz Stewart has had a great spring campaign, garnering back-to-back MOP accolades in contests against Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively. The Arizona native now sits at 4-4-1 overall in Reining, while also collecting three MOP accolades in the discipline. Sophomore Shelby St. Hilaire has also stood out this spring and will look to improve to 7-1-3. Finally, Alexi Child will try and better her mark of 7-3-0 this weekend against the Mustangs.

In Horsemanship, junior Calli Rouse has led the way, capturing five wins and three MOP honors, while freshman Rylee Morgan, who has won three-straight, brings a 4-1-0 mark in Horsemanship into Saturday's competition.

Several student-athletes have also stepped up on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into Saturday. Nicole Diamantis has excelled in Equitation on the Flat, going 6-4-0 overall, while Molly Peddicord has posted a 5-4-0 record in the discipline.

In Equitation over Fences, senior Caitlin Ader will look to repeat last week’s victory against the Mustangs, which helped her earn MOP accolades and improve to 4-1-1 on the season. Peddicord has also shined in Fences, going 6-3-1 overall.

Scouting SMU
SMU comes into Saturday with a 3-9 overall mark after dropping decisions to Baylor and Fresno State, respectively. The Mustangs, who are 3-1 at home this season, have posted victories over New Mexico State, Tennessee-Martin and South Dakota State.

In its last outing, SMU’s Courtney Line garnered MOP accolades in Horsemanship, while Sylvia de Toledo and Julianna Fischer both claimed victories on the Hunt Seat side, but the Mustangs dropped a 13-3 decision to No. 2 Baylor.

Plott Rises Up
Needing three points in Horsemanship to claim the win last weekend against Oklahoma State, the Frogs' headed into the discipline with an 8-7 lead and then watched as sophomore Colby Plott downed two-time All-America honoree Katy Krshka, 75.5-75, to secure the home finale. With the win, Plott handed the highly decorated Krshka, who was the Big 12 Co-Horsemanship Rider of the Year a year ago, her first loss of the season.

Last Time Out
No. 8 TCU closed out its home schedule last Saturday in style, claiming a 12-8 decision in dramatic fashion over No. 4 Oklahoma State at Turning Point Ranch. On the day, Chantz Stewart and Calli Rouse both claimed MOP accolades in Reining and Horsemanship, respectively, while Caitlin Ader earned her first MOP in Equitation over Fences to close out her home career. With the win, the Horned Frogs improved to 5-1 at home this season.

What’s At Stake
TCU goes into this weekend currently sitting second in the Big 12 standings, trailing only Baylor, who has posted a 3-1 conference mark. Baylor plays both the Wildcats and Oklahoma State this weekend. If the Bears stumble, the Purple and White have a chance to either claim or share the regular-season Big 12 title with a win at Kansas State.

Up Next
TCU will next be in action on Saturday, March 8 as they meet Kansas State for the second time this season. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. CT in Manhattan. 



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