July 26, 2012
Story by Courtney Motz, TCU Media Relations Intern
FORT WORTH, Texas- GoFrogs.com recently sat down with Samantha Bayer, a Western sophomore, to catch up on what she is doing this summer.
Bayer had one of the most dominating performances in school history at the 2012 NCEA National Championships, winning six-straight matches before the final day of competition. Bayer earned three MVP's throughout the season and the Western Rookie of the Year honor.
What have you been doing this summer?
This summer, I have been training for the 2012 Ford AQHYA World Championship Show in August. It's my last year to compete as a youth, so I've been traveling all over the country to get ready. Hopefully, I can end my youth career with another win.
How do you think the 2011-12 Equestrian season went?
I think that for a very young team we did extremely well. We definitely made a statement at NCEA Nationals and I'm excited for next season.
What was your best memory from your freshman year?
My favorite memory from freshman year would be our trip to the Best of the West tournament in Fresno, California. It fell on my birthday, so a lot of my family drove down to Fresno to watch me compete against the University of Tennessee-Martin. I also was awarded the Reining MVP that day, so it was perfect!
How do you feel this upcoming season will go?
From a western standpoint, I think that we will be hard to beat. We gained an incredible amount of momentum at NCEA Nationals and I hope we can carry that to next season. We also have some of the best incoming freshman in the country, so I am thrilled to see how they contribute to our team.
How did you adjust from individual competition to competing in the NCEA head-to-head format?
I actually like the head to head format of competition better than regular shows. It's a lot less pressure to beat just one girl rather than being the best out of hundreds of riders. You just have to figure out how to have a better ride than one person. It's also a lot more exciting for spectators.
What is your biggest riding accomplishment?
I am a two-time AQHYA World Champion. I won the 2008 World Championship in Reining and again in 2010 in the Working Cow Horse.
How did you choose Equestrian as a sport?
My mom showed arabian horses for a long time and then switched to quarter horses when I was little. I've been riding my whole life.
What is your favorite thing about TCU?
That's a tough question! My favorite thing about TCU is probably the spirit. My high school had almost none, so it's so much fun to be in a place that has so much school pride.
What do you look forward to next year?
I look forward to riding with my team again. I feel like I have so much more to learn from all of the girls and coaches.