No. 7 TCU Travels to Delaware State

Nicole Diamantis

March 7, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas- No. 7 TCU will close its regular-season this weekend with meets against Delaware State and Sacred Heart at the Gambler's Choice Equestrian Center in Dover, Del.

The Horned Frogs, who are 6-5 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play, will battle the Hornets Saturday before closing the weekend in Delaware against the Pioneers Sunday.

TCU will have a couple of weeks off following this weekend's action before opening postseason play at the Big 12 Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on March 29-30. The Frogs are currently tied with Baylor for first in the conference standings.

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

Breaking Down The All-Time Series
TCU and Delaware State will battle for the sixth time in program history Saturday afternoon. The Frogs have never lost to the Hornets in five tries. On Sunday, the Purple and White will take on Sacred Heart for only the third time all-time. TCU is 2-0 against the Pioneers, but haven't played since a 11-1 victory in 2010.

Moving On Up
TCU moved up to No. 7 in the Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll this week after opening the month at No. 8. The next poll is scheduled to be released on March 20 at Noon ET.

TCU Duo Claims Big 12 Accolades
Sophomore tandem Samantha Bayer and Kaitlin Perry each earned Big 12 Rider of the Month accolades this past Wednesday.

Bayer, who was honored Wednesday as Big 12 Horsemanship Rider of the Month, opened the month of February clinching the TCU victory over Baylor at the Fort Worth Stock Show with a 75-72 decision over Bryn Lindley. For the month, she only fell once in Horsemanship, while claiming one MOP honor. She went 4-2 between the two Western disciplines for the month, while claiming two MOP between Reining and Horsemanship, respectively.

Perry was honored Wednesday as Co-Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month, sharing league accolades with K-State's Meredith Finch. Perry went 3-0 in Equitation on the Flat for the month of February, including 2-0 in league play with one MOP honor. She defeated Baylor's Kim Woodsum, 83-68, and Oklahoma State's Ellie Sparks, 90-88.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Saturday's contest looking for its seventh win of the season and third victory in five games. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 7 in the national polls and are 6-5 on the season overall and 3-3 in league play after defeating Kansas State last Friday, 14-6.

The Frogs are 8-2 in Western, while Hunt Seat squad has posted a 6-4 mark heading into this weekend. Several individuals have scored impressive victories during the 2012-13 campaign.

On the Western side, Kolby Simonson and Alexie Estrada will look to go to garner their seventh win on the season this Saturday in Reining and Horsemanship, respectively. Both have at least four victories on the season against Big 12 competition. Katelyn Gray and Alexi Child have come on as of late, posting a 7-3-0 record in Reining, respectively.

Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Saturday's match-up against Delaware State. Demi Stiegler is 8-1-1 overall with two MOP accolades in Equitation on the Flat, while Kaitlin Perry is 6-4-0 overall in Fences this season. On the Flat, Caitlin Ader will look to improve to 7-3-1 on the year Saturday afternoon.

Scouting Delaware State
Delaware State comes into Saturday looking for its first win on the season. The Hornets, who are currently receiving votes in the national poll, are 0-10 on the year. In their last outing, DSU fell to Auburn, 15-4.

Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart, who will also battle Delaware State Sunday, last competed at the IHSA Western Show. Individually, senior Molly-Kate Carven led the way, taking second in Advanced Horsemanship, while Allison Buccos placed third overall in Intermediate Horsemanship.

Up Next
TCU will open the Big 12 Championship on March 29 in Stillwater, Okla.



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