No. 8 TCU Travels to Texas A&M Friday

Samantha Bayer

Samantha Bayer

Oct. 24, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 8 TCU will hit the road for the first time this season Friday as they travel to College Station to take on No. 4 Texas A&M at the Brazos County Expo Complex in Bryan, Texas. Start time is set for 3:00 p.m.

"We opened our season with a win at home and are now ready to travel," said Western head coach Kindel Huffman. "We are preparing to travel and compete against a very talented team in Texas A&M. It will be an exciting time for us as we are looking forward to the challenge."

The Horned Frogs will be looking to claim their third-straight victory on the season after opening the year with wins over New Mexico State and SMU, respectively. Friday's contest will feature a scrimmage on the Hunt Seat side, while the Western squad will continue regular-season action against the Aggies.

"I'm really looking forward to competing against some new faces in Texas A&M," said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. "This is a great opportunity to see how some of our newer team members compete. I'm excited that we will be bringing the whole team down to College Station to make some extra noise in support of the group showing. This is a big match-up for our Western team as well, so we are excited to cheer them on."

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

All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs and Aggies will battle for the ninth time in program history Friday afternoon. Texas A&M currently leads the all-time series, 7-1. TCU's lone win in the series came in 2010 when the Horned Frogs upended the Aggies at the Fort Worth Stock Show, 5-3.

TCU Stays Put In National Rankings
After a 2-0 start to the season, the TCU women's equestrian program is currently ranked No. 8 in the Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll. The Frogs have been ranked No. 8 the entire fall campaign.

Overall, the Horned Frogs totaled 41 points. Georgia is currently ranked No. 1 with 95 points. South Carolina (85), Auburn (81) and Texas A&M (60) round out the top-four in the national poll.

The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Oct. 31, 2012.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into its Friday showdown looking for its third-straight win of the season. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 8 in the national polls and are 2-0 on the young season.

The Frogs have had several individuals post impressive early season victories during the 2012-13 campaign.

On the Western side, Samantha Bayer, Alexi Child, Katelyn Gray and Chantz Stewart will look to go to 2-0 on the season this Friday in Reining, while Alexie Estrada and Calli Rouse will try and remain unbeaten in Horsemanship. Stewart picked up her first MOP honor of her career earlier this season against New Mexico State.

Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Friday's scrimmage. In total, three different student-athletes have earned Most Outstanding Player awards during the first two games. Caitlin Ader and Callie Selchau have earned MOP honors in Equitation on the Flat, while Taylor Alexander has led the way with one on Equitation over Fences.

Haley Jacobi and Courtney Motz have become quite the duo during the early season in Fences as both are 2-0 on the year. On the Flat, Demi Stiegler remains perfect on the year with a 2-0 mark, while Ader earned her first MOP of the season in her last outing to improve to 1-0 on the year.

Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M comes into Friday's showdown with a 1-2 overall record. The Aggies, who are ranked No. 4 in the national polls, opened the year defeating South Dakota State, 15-5, but have lost two-straight to Georgia and Auburn, respectively.

Individually, Emily Williams has led the way during the early portion of the schedule, going 3-0 in Equitation over Fences with one MOP. In Reining, Emma Myers is 3-0 with 1 MOP, while in Horsemanship Laura Brainard, Amanda Brightwell and Carey Nowacek have all garnered two victories on the young season.

Last Time Out
No. 8 TCU made quick work of cross-town rival No. 10 SMU in its last outing, claiming a 6-4 decision at Turning Point Ranch.

The Horned Frogs, who are now 2-0 on the season and have won three out of the last four meetings in the series, snapped the Mustangs three-game winning streak, totaling 815 points along the way. In all, SMU, who is now 3-1 on the year, hadn't lost a regular-season contest since falling to Georgia last March. The Frogs posted 3-2 scores in both disciplines, while outscoring the Mustangs on the Flat, 406-401. Individually, junior Caitlin Ader scored her third Most Outstanding Player award of her career and first of the young season.

Up Next
TCU will continue its three-game road swing when it travels to Kansas State on Nov. 2.



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