Sitting Down with Child

Alexi Child

July 14, 2014

By: Rebeka Rice, TCU Media Relations Intern

FORT WORTH, Texas – recently sat down with senior Western rider Alexi Child to find out more about her life as a TCU student-athlete.

Child, who was honored as the 2014 Big 12 Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a two-time NCEA All-America and Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree. The Oregon native, who was also recently named a 2014 NCEA Elite Student-Athlete Award nominee, closed out the season, going 12-4 overall in Reining with two MOP accolades, while earning four conference victories. During the course of this past season, Child picked up several honors, including NCEA and Big 12 Rider of the Month.

Have you done any equestrian shows this summer? If so, talk a little bit about them.
“I have been able to only make it to one show this summer because of taking chemistry. I did get to compete some at the OQHA Summer Circuit, with my cow horse in the Reining and Working Cow Horse classes. We won Reserve Circuit Champion in the Open Green Horse Reining class, with my dad as the rider for the first two days, and myself for the last day. We did well in the Cow Horse class, too.”

Which three items would you bring if you had to live on a deserted island?
“I would bring duct tape, twine and matches.”

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I use to sing and act in grade school and middle school. I also played three instruments.”

What has been the highlight of your equestrian career thus far?
“My highlight personally was being awarded the Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year this past season. Team-wise, my highlight is last season at nationals when we almost beat No. 1 ranked South Carolina.”

Where is your favorite place to be in the entire world?
“My favorite place is my home in Oregon with my family.” 

What is the best thing about being a part of TCU Equestrian?
“The friendships made with my teammates are the best part. I consider myself lucky to be able to compete with some of my best friends.”

What is one food that you couldn’t live without?
“I couldn’t live without cheese.” 

If you could play any other sport, what would it be and why?
“I would probably play soccer. I almost played soccer in college until I decided to commit to TCU. I miss the game and the physicality of the sport.”

Where is your favorite spot on TCU’s campus?
“My favorite spot on campus is Frog Fountain.”

If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
“My one wish would be to win a National Championship with this team."



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