No. 3 TCU Set For No. 7 SMU Friday


Sept. 20, 2016


FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 3 ranked TCU equestrian program will begin NCEA competition Friday morning versus No. 7 SMU at Turning Point Ranch. Competition is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. CT in Springtown.

“We can’t wait to host SMU at Turning Point Ranch on Friday morning,” said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. “We know they will be well prepared and well coached. We also know that we have an opportunity to set the tempo for the season. Our expectation is that we show up on Friday with the same energy, enthusiasm, and strong riding we had to close last season at nationals in April.”

Follow the Frogs
A full recap and final results will be made available following Friday's competition on GoFrogs.com. During the meet, live results can be found on the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian.

The All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs hold a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series and have won two-straight over the Mustangs. TCU hasn’t lost to SMU since falling 11-9 in 2014.

TCU Opens At No. 3 Tuesday
TCU opens the season ranked No. 3 in the NCEA national team rankings. The No. 3 ranking is the highest preseason ranking in school history and tops all Big 12 Conference schools in the poll. The Horned Frogs closed last spring ranked No. 2 in the NCEA.

Home Sweet Home
The Frogs are 16-5 overall during the regular-season in Springtown since 2012-13. The Purple and White are also 6-2 in regular-season outings against league foes since 2013-14.

A Look Back
TCU opened its season with a 10-9 victory over Texas Tech and North Central Texas College last Friday. The Frogs claimed all four MOP honors in Springtown and saw a total of 11 freshmen see their first action in a Horned Frog uniform. Notables in the first meet included junior’s Julia Finn and Mady Fithian both claiming MOP accolades in Hunt Seat, while freshmen Jamie Cook and Carly Lombard swept MOP honors in Western.

An All-American Lineup Returns
When TCU steps into the show ring Friday against SMU, the Frogs will welcome back several 2016 NCEA All-America honorees, including first-team recipients Molly Peddicord and Megan McMullen. Junior Jayme Omand also returns after picking up Honorable-Mention All-America status a year ago. One other notable returnee includes Kari Hancock, who was named a 2015 NCEA First-Team All-American.

What’s Back
TCU made program history a year ago by becoming the lowest seeded team to ever advance to the championship round at nationals. The Horned Frogs, who closed the year with a No. 2 national ranking, which was the highest placing in program history, return a total of 26 riders from last year’s NCEA National Runner-Up squad.

Scouting TCU Hunt Seat
The Hunt Seat program and head coach Logan Fiorentino will rely heavily on Molly Peddicord and Jayme Omand during the early portion of its schedule. Peddicord wrapped-up the 2015-16 campaign garnering 27 wins combined between the two disciplines in Hunt Seat en route to All-America and Big 12 Rider of the Year accolades. Going into the final regular-season meet of the year, Peddicord, who was named to the NCEA All-Championship team, had won 11-straight meets in Fences with an astonishing six MOP honors, which included a stretch of posting five-straight meets with at least one MOP in Hunt Seat.

Omand was named an NCEA Honorable Mention All-American last season, riding to a 9-5-0 overall record on the Flat with one MOP during the regular-season. She will play a major role in the Purple and White’s success this year.

Also returning is junior Carley Barnett and senior Kari Hancock. Barnett should push for national recognition this fall after gathering 10 wins in Equitation over Fences a year ago, while Hancock will look to return to the form that saw her capture All-America status during her sophomore campaign.

Scouting TCU Western
The Purple and White will have some new faces this season on the Western side, but the cupboard is not void of talent though as second-year head coach Melissa Dukes will have the luxury of having several national award winners return from last season to blend with a talented crop of newcomers.

Leading the way for TCU this season will once again be Megan McMullen who should push for her second-straight First-Team All-America honor in her final season in a Horned Frog uniform after being named the 2016 Most Outstanding Player at nationals in Horsemanship a year ago. The senior is coming off a year in which she captured 14 wins in Horsemanship, including a 6-0 mark in post-season action.

Not to be outdone, Rylee Morgan was just as dominate in the discipline as she captured All-Championship team accolades in Waco after riding to nine wins on the season.

Look for three proven riders in Brooke Boyle, Meloney Morris and Marah Huston to also take a positive step forward this season after solid 2015-16 campaigns. Boyle claimed seven wins in Reining a year ago, while Morris captured 10 wins in Reining. Huston closed last season on a hot streak, riding to a 4-1 post-season mark and could play a pivotal role in the Horned Frogs lineup this fall.

Up Next
No. 3 TCU will have about a month off before traveling to No. 9 Fresno State on Oct. 21. The Frogs will open league play on Nov. 5 versus No. 6 Oklahoma State in Springtown.

 

 

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