Equestrian Honors 2012-13 Season

Samantha Bayer

April 30, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU equestrian program recently handed out its end of the year awards at its yearly banquet, which was held at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth.

Kaitlin Perry and Alexi Child took home MVP accolades for Hunt Seat and Western, respectively. Perry closed out the season going 2-0 at nationals, while being named Big 12 Rider of the Month twice during the course of the season. The Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 selection closed the year with a 10-4-1 record in Equitation on the Flat, while garnering four MOP accolades between the Flat and Equitation over Fences. In all, Perry claimed 19 victories between the two disciplines.

Child had a breakout season as she went 10-5 overall in Reining with one MOP honor. The sophomore was a NCEA Second-Team All-America honoree this school year, while also collecting All Big-12 honors. She recorded three conference victories on the season and was a First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree after being one of only five student-athletes in the conference to post a 4.00 grade point average.

Freshman Taylor Alexander and Erin Gillette both claimed Rookie of the Year honors over the weekend. Alexander was a mainstay in the Horned Frogs lineup this past season, going 8-6 overall in Equitation over Fences, while recording two MOP honors.

Gillette had one of the most successful freshman campaigns in school history, garnering a 10-5 overall mark in Horsemanship with two MOP awards. She went 4-2 during league play this season as well.

Junior Hadley Woodruff and senior Kolby Simonson were awarded the Coach's Award after solid 2012-13 season's. Woodruff was instrumental in TCU's success this season on the Hunt Seat side in helping the Frogs go 9-6 overall on the year.

Simonson earned second-team All-America recognition as well as All Big-12 honors following an 8-6-1 campaign in Reining, which included a 4-1-1 mark in Big 12 play. The Western captain, who was also a Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 team member, earned two MOP accolades over the course of the season.

Rounding out the team awards this weekend were Emily Guhde and Colby Plott who took home the Hunt Seat and Western Sportsmanship award, respectively.

On Monday, the equestrian program garnered the prestigious Hal Jay Community Spirit Award at TCU's year-end sports banquet, while sophomore Samantha Bayer received the William Koehler Academic Achievement award.

In all, the program logged well over 500 hours of community service this past season, which included activities like the Super Frog Reading Challenge, Frogs for the Cure, Go Purple Friday, The Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the Humane Society and the making of Frog Boxes for troops overseas.

Bayer, who was twice named Big 12 Horsemanship Rider of the Month, recorded 13 wins with three Most Outstanding Player awards during the season. In all, she went 7-4-2 in Reining, while garnering at least two conference victories between the two disciplines.



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