No. 8 Horned Frogs Open Against No. 7 Baylor
Oct. 3, 2013
SPRINGTOWN, Texas - The TCU equestrian program is set to open both its regular season and conference play Saturday, Oct. 5 against No. 7 Baylor at Turning Point Ranch. Start time is set for 11 a.m. CT from Springtown.
"We are excited to open the season against Baylor on Saturday," said director of equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "Our student-athletes have been working hard in preparation for this meet. The coaches will be looking to our experienced riders to lead the way with strong rides. We are excited about the talent that our freshmen bring to the roster."
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On the Hunt Seat Side
"We've got a big matchup with Baylor to start our season," said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. "I look forward to seeing what this team is capable of. Everyone has been working hard and I believe in our team and that they are ready to rise to the challenge."
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.
Newcomers Emily Guhde and Ashlyn Matheus were rewarded with MOP accolades at the Purple and White scrimmage for their performances in Equitation On the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. Look out for Guhde and Matheus as they are both expected to have a strong 2013-14 season.
On the Western Side
"We have been working hard and putting in the hours to compete against Baylor," said Western head coach Kindel Walter. "They are a great team, but we are ready for the challenge. We are looking forward to a great year and exited about competing as one team."
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