Catching Up with Alexander
July 19, 2013
Story by Courtney Motz, TCU Media Relations Interm
GoFrogs.com recently sat down with sophomore Taylor Alexander to learn more about her competing internationally and at the Young Rider Championships this summer.
Many members of the TCU equestrian team are competing over the summer, but only one is competing internationally. Alexander, a hunt seat sophomore from Castle Rock, Colo, spent the last six weeks in Calgary, Canada competing at the prestigious Spruce Meadows Horse Show.
Alexander took two horses to Spruce Meadows, Onyx and Everest de Muze. Onyx, whom she's had for four months, competes in the 1.40 meters (4.6 feet high). Alexander says he is very careful and loves to please everyone. Alexander also competed on Everest in the 1.45 meters (4.7 feet high). Alexander says Everest, whom she's owned for 10 months, reminds her of the Energizer Bunny because he has "unlimited amounts energy and is always ready to go".
Spruce Meadows brings top professionals and Olympians from around the world into one venue for multiple weeks of competition. The facility is top of the line and the shows are highly competitive. Alexander says she loves competing at Spruce Meadows because of the atmosphere of the venue and the traditions at the show.
Currently, Alexander is back in the states and competing at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. She is competing on Everest de Muze in the 1.45 meters individually and on a team. A team consists of riders from a group of states who have all qualified for the championships.
Alexander and her team won the silver medal against riders 18 and under from around the world on July 18. She and Everest de Muze will be back in the ring on Saturday, July 20 to compete for the individual title.
After Young Riders, Alexander plans to show in Saugerties, New York for a few weeks, then take a break from riding to spend time with friends and family before school begins in August.
Alexander says she can't wait to get back to TCU to start the 2013-2014 season. Her favorite memory from her freshman year was her first time competing for TCU against New Mexico State. She drew her former mare, Gigi, and was awarded the MOP over fences. She says it was the perfect way to start off her freshman year.