TCU Ready for Scrimmage Saturday Morning

Katelyn Gray

Sept. 18, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU equestrian program is set to open its 2013-14 campaign Saturday with the first annual Purple and White Scrimmage at Turning Point Ranch. Start time is set for 10 a.m. CT from Springtown. 

"We are very much looking forward to the Purple and White Scrimmage on Saturday," said director of equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes to get into the arena and feel the pressure of an NCEA meet.  This will be a great time to see where our strengths lie and what areas we need to improve on.  Our student-athletes have been preparing diligently and are excited to kick off the season."

The Horned Frogs, who return a majority of their starters from a year ago, will open both their season and conference play on Saturday, Oct. 5 against Baylor at Turning Point Ranch. Action will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. CT. 

Follow The Horned Frogs
A full recap and final results will be available following Saturday's competition on During Saturday, live results will be made available on the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian.

Frogs Open Season Ranked
The TCU equestrian program received word Monday that it has been ranked No. 9 in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's Preseason Top 10. The Frogs were ranked throughout last season, climbing to as high as No. 5 in the national polls. 

TCU Returns All-America Honorees
The Horned Frogs are coming off a season in which they finished the regular-season ranked No. 2 in the final Big 12 standings after boasting a 3-3 league record with victories over Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. In all, the Frogs return All-America honorees Kaitlin Perry, Alexi Child, Katelyn Gray and Caitlin Ader

Hunt Seat Preview
After boasting a 9-6 overall record and 3-3 mark in conference play last season, the Hunt Seat program will lean heavily on Kaitlin Perry and Caitlin Ader during the early portion of its schedule. Perry finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 10-4-1 mark in Equitation on the Flat, while Ader garnered three MOP’s on the Flat en route to nine victories on the season. Look for sophomore Taylor Alexander to also have a huge impact on the Frogs’ success this fall in Equitation over Fences after going 8-6-0 overall in her first year in the program.

Western Preview
On the Western side, TCU will look to duplicate its success from a year ago. In 2012-13, the Horned Frogs went 10-5 overall and 5-1 in league play. Even with the graduation of All-America and all-conference honorees Alexie Estrada and Kolby Simonson, the Frogs still have plenty of talent on hand to make a run for No. 1 on the Western side. 

Leading the way for TCU this season will be Alexi Child who earned all-conference accolades a year ago, while also claiming NCEA Second-Team All-America recognition. The Oregon native went 10-5-0 overall in Reining. Sophomore Erin Gillette also returns after having one of the most successful freshman campaigns in school history. She rode to a 10-5 overall mark in Horsemanship with two MOP awards last season, but more importantly went 4-2 during league play.

Look for Katelyn Gray and sophomore Chantz Stewart to also play big factors on the outcome of the 2013-14 season for the Purple and White. Gray was the third Frog in program history to earn All-America recognition in Reining after going 8-7-0 overall, including 3-3 in league play during the course of last season. She also went 6-6 overall in Horsemanship during the year, while collecting two MOP accolades. Stewart had a solid first year on campus, going 6-6 overall in Reining with one MOP accolade. She also picked up Big 12 Reining Rider of the Month accolades during last October.



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