Horned Frogs Set To Battle No. 2 Texas A&M Friday

Caitlin Ader

Oct. 26, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will return to the show ring Friday at No. 2 Texas A&M. Start time is set for Noon CT at the Brazos County Expo Complex in College Station.

"We are looking forward to a great competition with Texas A&M," said head coach Logan Fiorentino. "The Hunt Seat team as well as the Western team have been working very hard this past week and both are ready to challenge a great Texas A&M team. Texas A&M also offers us an opportunity to bring additional team members to compete in exhibitions, so we are excited to see some fresh faces in the arena."

"Texas A&M is one of the best Western teams in the country, but we are more than ready for the challenge," said interim Western head coach Kindel Huffman. "We just came off two very successful road trips against great teams and with the experience from those games, we are ready to take on the Aggies and give it our all."

The Horned Frogs head into this Friday's contest with a 0-5 overall record, while Texas A&M is currently 4-0 on the season.

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A full recap and final results will be available following Friday's competition on GoFrogs.com.

Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M, who is the defending Western National Champion and has captured three-straight Western titles, is currently ranked No. 2 in the national polls and is coming off a 12-7 victory over New Mexico State. The Aggies are undefeated on the year and haven't lost a regular-season contest since last February.

Against NMSU, the Western team posted a sweep with Katie Lisabeth, Amanda Brightwell, Carey Nowacek, Cassie Mantor and Kelsey Adams all earning victories. Nowacek set a school record with her fourth-consecutive Horsemanship MVP. Lindsey Bernbaum led the Reiners this past Sunday, capturing MVP honors.

On the Hunt Seat side, Lia Chafee and Elizabeth Solch each scored wins in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences, respectively.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into this weekend looking for its first win on the young season. The Horned Frogs are currently 0-5 on the year, but are receiving votes in the national rankings.

The Purple and White have faced one of the toughest schedules in the country during the early portion of their schedule as the Frogs have now battled No. 1 Auburn, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 South Carolina, No. 7 Kansas State and No. 9 SMU.

In its last outing, junior Lexie Estrada garnered MVP accolades in Horsemanship, but No. 9 TCU dropped a 16-4 decision to No. 4 Georgia at the UGA Equestrian Complex. Overall, the Horned Frogs shined in Western this past Sunday as the Lady Bulldogs narrowly defeated the Purple and White in both Horsemanship and Reining, 3-2, respectively.

The Frogs have had several individuals post impressive early season victories during the 2011-12 campaign.

On the Western side, Estrada, who captured her second MVP honor of her career in Horsemanship against Georgia, has now won three-straight and has increased her season record to 3-1-0. In Reining, Kolby Simonson is currently 4-0-0 on the season after going 2-0 this past weekend. She has also garnered one MVP honor during the early portion of the schedule.

Several student-athletes have shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this weekend's contest against Texas A&M. Haley Jacobi has claimed four victories overall in both Hunt Seat disciples, while returning All-America honoree Callie Selchau has captured two MVP honors. Finally, freshman Kaitlin Perry and sophomore Caitlin Ader have both have garnered three wins on the season in both disciplines so far.

Frogs In National Rankings
The TCU women's equestrian program received word last week that it had been ranked No. 9 in the first Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll of the 2011-12 season. The Frogs are currently receiving votes in this week's poll.

Overall, the Horned Frogs totaled seven points. Auburn is still ranked No. 1 with 58 points, while both Texas A&M and Georgia sit just behind at No. 2 and No. 3 with 52 and 42 points, respectively.

The coaches poll is released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Nov. 9.

Breaking Down The All-Time Series
TCU and Texas A&M will battle for the seventh time in program history this Friday. The Aggies currently lead the all-time series record at 5-1-0. The Frogs' lone win against Texas A&M came in 2010 at the Fort Worth Stock Show. On that day, the Purple and White dropped the Aggies, 5-3. Current Frogs Courtney Chown and Kolby Simonson both posted victories against A&M in Horsemanship and Reining, respectively.

TCU and Texas A&M will take on each other in College Station this Friday for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Up Next
TCU will host its first home contest next Saturday against West Texas A&M. Start time is set for Noon CT from October Hill Farm.



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