Catching Up With Child

Alexi Child

Aug. 1, 2013

Compiled by Courtney Motz, TCU Media Relations Intern recently sat down with Alexi Child to discuss her summer riding and how she thinks this season will go.

During her 2012-2013 campaign, Child went 10-5 with one MOP honor. She was a NCEA All-America honoree and collected All-Big 12 honors in Reining. Child was also one of only five students in the Big 12 Conference to post a 4.0 grade point average.

How did you choose Equestrian as a sport?

Horses have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I could never give it up.

How long have you been riding horses?
I have been riding since I was 4 and competing since I was 10.

What is your best memory at a horse show?
My best memory is the 2008 AQHYA World Show when Samantha Bayer and I won the World Championship in Reining and Working Cowhorse, respectively. It was the best show by far!

Are you horse showing this summer? If so, in what events?
Yes, in Reining and Cutting.

What are your horse's names? Do they have any funny quirks?

Cash, Smarty, Uno and Riggs are my horses names. They all have their own quirks and personalities.

How do you feel this season went? What were the team's strengths?
This season went very well but there's always room for improvement. This team has so many great riders, but more importantly, we help each other get better. We also push each other to never settle.

Who is your favorite TCU horse and why?

My favorite TCU horse is Charro. You either love him or hate him. Most of the time, I really enjoy working with him.

How have you improved since your freshman year?
I am much more confident assessing new horses in the 5-minute warm-up and also knowing mentally what it takes to win.

What do you look forward to for this upcoming season?
The new combination of riders each year is always an interesting process to be a part of. I can't wait to have the two disciplines compete together as well.

What advice would you give freshman?
Remember why you're here and to make sure to learn something new from each ride.



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