Horned Frogs Excelling in the Classroom

April 23, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU equestrian program had a banner year not only in the show ring, but also in the classroom. 

The Horned Frogs, who went 1-1 at nationals, picked up several honors recently for their work in the classroom. Junior Alexi Child was named the 2014 Big 12 Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year after recording a 4.00 GPA in movement science. By earning Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Child, who was one of only three student-athletes in the entire conference to post a perfect 4.00 GPA, became the second-straight TCU student-athlete to claim the prestigious honor, joining former Frog great Haley Jacobi who earned co-honors a year ago.

The Oregon native, who was also honored as a NCEA Elite Equestrian Student-Athlete Award nominee, claimed NCEA Academic First Team accolades. She was joined on the first team by Taylor Alexander, Erin Gillette and Katelyn Gray, while Caitlin Ader, Kaitlin Perry and Colby Plott brought home honorable mention certificates. 

In all, the Frogs had 12 student-athletes named to the 2014 NCEA Academic Honor Roll prior to nationals. Child, Alexander, Gillette, Gray and Ader were joined by Danielle Dirkx, Ciera Fowler, Taylor Gillette, Kate Hamel, Kelsi Schatz, Sarah Southworth and Hadley Woodruff

On the conference level, the program had six student-athletes named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team. Child, Gray, Alexander and Gillette were named first-team honorees, while Ader and Perry picked up second-team recognition by the league office.

In the past two years alone, TCU has not only combined to have eight student-athletes earn NCEA Academic First Team honors, but also had 25 awarded to the prestigious NCEA Academic Honor Roll. In the Big 12, the Frogs have had 12 student-athletes earn First-Team Academic All-Big 12 recognition since joining the league. 



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