Oct. 16, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 6 TCU equestrian program returns to conference play Saturday against No. 4 Kansas State at Turning Point Ranch. Start time is set for 11:00 a.m. CT in Springtown.
"It has been a privilege to watch the team prepare over the past several days," said director of equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "The drive of the individual student-athletes to succeed is very strong. Their energy, enthusiasm and pride in their team is infectious. We are also very excited for the Kansas State meet to be our Pink Out event for Breast Cancer Awareness. We encourage all fans to wear pink Saturday."
Follow the Frogs
A full recap and final results will be available following Saturday's competition on GoFrogs.com. During Saturday, live results will be made available on the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian. Be sure to also follow @tcuwequestrian on Instagram for live photo updates of meet action.
The All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs and Wildcats are set to compete for the ninth time in program history Saturday morning. Kansas State leads the all-time series, 5-4. In 2012-13, TCU upended K-State in Manhattan during the regular-season, 14-6. The Wildcats battled back though claiming a 10-5 decision over TCU on the opening day of the 2013 Big 12 Championship at the Animal Science Arena.
Frogs Top 10 in National Collegiate Equestrian Association
TCU opened the 2013-14 season ranked No. 8 in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's Top 10 poll. The Horned Frogs have since rose to No. 6 in the polls following their 11-9 victory over No. 7 Baylor.
Preseason: No. 9
Week 1: No. 8
Week 2: No. 6
TCU Frogs for the Cure
Saturday's match against K-State will mark the first annual Pink Out meet for the TCU equestrian program. The squad will wear pink to show their support in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink on Saturday.
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 Erin Gillette, Kaitlin Perry, Alexi Child, Katelyn Gray and Caitlin Ader.
TCU comes into its Saturday Big 12 showcase looking to move to 2-0 on the young season. The Horned Frogs, who are currently No. 6 in the national polls, will try and defeat the Wildcats during regular-season play for a second-straight year. In its last outing against Baylor, sophomore Chantz Stewart earned MOP and Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week accolades by claiming a 73.5-70.5 decision over Shelby Jackson. The Reining team swept Baylor 5-0 to propel the Frogs to their first victory of the young season.
On the Hunt Seat Side
In Hunt Seat, the Purple and White finished the day, dropping a 7-3 decision against Baylor. Freshman Molly Peddicord stood out for the Frogs, recording an 84 in Equitation on the Flat and an 83 in Equitation over Fences.
On the Western Side
TCU came out strong on the Western side versus Baylor. With a 5-0 sweep in Reining, Chantz Stewart was rewarded MOP honors, riding to a 73.5 outing which secured the Frogs victory. Newcomers Shelby St. Hilaire and Brooke Boyle also stood out, while returning All-America honorees Katelyn Gray and Alexi Child both gave solid rides.
"The girls are very excited to host K-State this weekend," said Hunt Seat head coach Kindel Walter. "Kansas State is a tough Western competitor, which makes our girls even more fired up. They are feeling great and ready for Saturday."
In Horsemanship, Erin Gillette, Gray and Rylee Morgan all secured points for the Frogs versus the Bears. Junior Calli Rouse scored a 74, which was the highest TCU score on the Western side, but was unable to score her point for the Frogs.
Scouting Kansas State
No. 4 Kansas State comes into this weekend with a 3-1 record following victories over Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Delaware State.
The Wildcats' Cat Avolese has led the way for K-State so far this season. She was recently named NCEA September Rider of the Month in Equitation on the Flat and has garnered a 3-1 overall record. Kansas State comes into Saturday's meet with a three-meet winning streak after boasting a MOP sweep in its last outing against Texas A&M.
TCU will next be in action Friday, Nov. 1 against Texas A&M. Start time from Turning Point Ranch is set for 1:00 p.m. CT.