No. 5 TCU Set for Big 12 Championships

Kolby Simonson

March 27, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 5 TCU will begin post-season play Friday against No. 4 Kansas State in the opening round of the 2013 Big 12 Equestrian Championship. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. from the Animal Science Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State.

“I’m very excited for this team to have the opportunity to compete at the Big 12 Championship this weekend,” said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. “The team has been practicing really well the past two weeks and are ready to compete in post-season. Kansas State is a strong team and we will have to ride well to advance, but I know that this group is ready to do just that.”

The Horned Frogs, who are the No. 2 seed in the tournament, bring an 8-5 overall record into this weekend, including a 3-3 mark in conference play. In all, the winner between TCU and K-State will take on either host school Oklahoma State or Baylor Saturday for the Big 12 Championship, with the two losing sides meeting to determine third and fourth-place honors.

“We are very excited to compete at the Big 12 Championships,” said Western head coach Kindel Walter. “It will be our first appearance and will definitely help us prepare for the NCEA National Championships coming up in April.”

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

The All-Time Series
TCU, who went 1-1 on the season against K-State, will battle the Wildcats for the ninth time in program history Friday morning. The series is currently tied at 4-4.

The Last Time Against Kansas State
TCU claimed two MOP accolades en route to a dominating 14-6 conference victory over Kansas State in March at Turning Point Ranch. With the win, the Horned Frogs outscored the Wildcats, 1,438.5-1,407.5. On the day, Kolby Simonson and Katelyn Gray each earned MOP accolades, while the Frogs simply crushed K-State in Western, claiming a 9-1 decision. In all, TCU outscored the Wildcats in the event, 716.5-701.5.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Friday's contest looking for its ninth win of the season and fourth victory in five meets. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 5 in the national polls and closed the regular-season 8-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.

The Frogs are 10-2 in Western, while the Hunt Seat squad has posted an 8-4 mark heading into this Friday. Several individuals have scored impressive victories during the 2012-13 campaign.

On the Western side, Kolby Simonson and Alexie Estrada will look to garner their ninth victories on the season this Friday in Reining and Horsemanship, respectively. Both had at least four victories on the season against Big 12 competition. Katelyn Gray and Alexi Child have come on as of late, posting records of 8-4-0 and 9-3-0 in Reining, respectively.

Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Friday's match-up against K-State. Demi Stiegler is 10-1-1 overall with two MOP accolades in Equitation on the Flat, while Kaitlin Perry is 8-4-0 overall in Fences this season. On the Flat, Caitlin Ader will look to improve to 9-3-1 on the year Friday afternoon. 

Scouting K-State
No. 4 Kansas State comes into Friday with a 9-5 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in league play. The Wildcats have won two-straight heading into post-season having defeated No. 6 South Carolina and No. 3 Oklahoma State in their final two regular-season contests.

Against the Cowgirls, No. 8 Kansas State downed Oklahoma State, 11-8, at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan. Sophomore Madison Wayda led the way for the Wildcats, claiming two Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors on the day. In all, the Hunt Seat squad defeated OSU, 6-4, while the Western program dropped the Cowgirls by a final score of 5-4.

TCU Moving Up National Rankings
The Horned Frogs moved up two spots into No. 5 in the latest NCEA Coaches Poll, which marks the highest ranking in program history during the month of March. TCU entered last March ranked No. 6 overall in the coaches poll before falling to No. 8 later in the month.    

Western Making Noise
By closing the regular-season 10-2 on the year, which includes a 5-1 mark in conference play, the 2013 Western squad trails only the 2008 and 2009 squads for most victories in a single-season. In 2008, TCU capped a 15-0 season with the Western National Championship, while the 2009 edition ended the year with a 13-4 overall record. 

Gray Honored by NCEA
Sophomore Katelyn Gray was honored last week as the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Reining Student-Athlete of the Month. The Colorado native went 3-0 for the Horned Frogs in Reining during the month of February, including 2-0 against league foes. She earned victories over Baylor, Oklahoma State and Fresno State. In all, Gray, who picked up monthly accolades for the first time in her career by the NCEA, heads into postseason play with an 8-4 overall record in Reining. 

Horned Frogs Excel In The Classroom
TCU had 10 student-athletes named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team Tuesday afternoon. 

Earning first-team accolades were senior's Alexie Estrada, Haley Jacobi, Molly Jones and Melinda Peters. Sophomore duo Alexi Child and Katelyn Gray rounded out the Horned Frogs' first-team recognition. Child was one of five student-athletes in the conference to post a 4.00 grade point average. Picking up second-team accolades were Caitlin Ader (Jr.), Kaitlin Perry (So.), Callie Selchau (Sr.) and Kolby Simonson (Sr.).

Up Next
TCU will next be in action at the NCEA Championships on April 18 in Waco. 



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