July 30, 2013
Written by Courtney Motz
, TCU Media Relations Intern
Fort Worth, TEXAS - GoFrogs.com recently sat down with Hunt Seat senior Caitlin Ader to discuss the upcoming year and her plans after graduating.
Ader had a standout junior season in which she earned Second-Team NCEA All-American accolades after going 9-5-1 on the year with three MOP honors. Ader was also named to the 2013 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team.
How did you choose Equestrian as a sport?
I was raised around horses so I don't think I actually chose riding. It was just a natural progression from feeding and brushing horses.
How long have you been riding horses?
I have been riding since I was about three and competitively since age six.
What is your best memory at a horse show?
My best memories come from my favorite horse show venues, which include the Atlanta International Equestrian Center, the Kentucky Horse Park and Lake Placid, New York.
What are your horse's names? Do they have any funny quirks?
Dude is my retired large pony. He's 33 years old and loves to eat blueberry muffins. Blue is my jumper and he likes to stick his tongue out at people.
How do you feel this season went?
I think our team always rides the best we can in every meet. We had a lot of moments to be proud of and some that were heartbreaking, but I think we came away from last season with ideas of what we can work on to drive us to the top this year.
What were the team's strengths?
We are resilient and have a lot of team pride. We have a clear unity of purpose and are able to pull together for the common goal.
Who is your favorite TCU horse and why?
My favorite TCU horse is Leo because he has the biggest heart.
How have you improved or changed since your freshman year?
I have learned that perseverance and a positive attitude really make a difference. I've learned to welcome challenges and to look forward to the next meet to test myself.
What do you look forward to for this upcoming season?
This is my senior year so I am definitely looking forward to a successful season! I am excited for the new competition format of both the Western and English teams competing as one.
What advice would you give freshman?
My advice is to strive to be a part of a great team and to wholeheartedly commit themselves to the team effort and goals. Take correction as a compliment and as an opportunity to improve. Riding is a sport where you will never stop learning and this team is a great opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge of the sport.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I'm going to pursue my riding career after graduation.