TCU Opens Big 12 Play at Kansas State
Oct. 31, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 8 TCU equestrian program will begin conference action this Friday when it travels to No. 6 Kansas State. Start time is set for 10 a.m. from Timbercreek Stables.
On Saturday, the Frogs will face off against No. 4 Oklahoma State, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
"I could not be more excited to head to Kansas State and Oklahoma State," said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. "This will be our first road test as well as our first Big 12 match. We've had a good start to the season, but this road trip will really test us against two great programs. Kansas State is off to a fantastic start and our girls know that they will have to ride at their best to beat them at home. Oklahoma State is always a strong program and the team is ready to rise to the challenge. We've been working hard and preparing to compete at our best level."
The Frogs, who are in the middle of a four-game road swing, have gone 2-1 on the year and are coming off a 5-4 setback to No. 4 Texas A&M in College Station. Friday's contest will not only mark the program's first conference meet, but also the first time since Sept. 23 that both Hunt Seat and Western will compete on gameday.
"We just came off a great competition against Texas A&M," said Western head coach Kindel Huffman. "The team is riding great and we are more than ready to hit the road again."
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Scouting Kansas State
In their last outing, the Wildcats took down South Dakota State, 13-6. Kansas State swept Equitation over Fences with senior Kali Yates leading the way, earning Most Outstanding Player honors against the Jackrabbits. On the Western side, KSU garnered a 3-2 decision in Horsemanship. Junior Rachel Wetherell led the Wildcats, scoring a match-high 74.5, en route to her first MOP of the year.
Scouting Oklahoma State
In their last outing, the Cowgirls dropped South Dakota State, 16-4. The Hunt Seat squad dropped the Jackrabbits, 8-2, while the Western team improved to 4-0 on the year after a dominating the Jacks in Horsemanship, 5-0.
Individually, senior Ellie Sparks led the way in Equitation on the Flat, earning MOP accolades with a score of 87. Junior Andrea Robbins also had an outstanding year, leading the way for the Cowgirls in Equitation over Fences against South Dakota State, garnering Most Outstanding Player honors. On the Western side, Marissa Dalton and Jenna Blumer both claimed MOP accolades against SDSU.
The Frogs have had several individuals post impressive early season victories during the 2012-13 campaign.
On the Western side, Katelyn Gray and Chantz Stewart will look to go to 3-0 on the season this Friday in Reining, while Alexie Estrada and Calli Rouse will try and get back to their winning ways 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 action. 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.
Last Time Out
The Horned Frogs, who moved to 2-1 on the young season, saw their two-game winning streak snapped in Bryan, while Texas A&M improved to 2-2 on the year. The Frogs simply crushed the Aggies in Reining, scoring 345.5 points, while downing Texas A&M, 3-1.
Senior Kolby Simonson got the Purple and White started off on the right foot in Reining, defeating Emma Myers, 69-67.5. Katelyn Gray and Chantz Stewart were also victories, upending Becca Murray and Laura Sumrall, respectively, to move to 2-0 on the young season. Sophomore Samantha Bayer appeared to have scored a point for the Frogs, but ended up battling Logan Pluhar to a 70-70 draw.
Bayer led the way for TCU in Horsemanship, downing Cassie Mantor, 74-72.5. Reining All-America honoree Alexie Estrada came up just short against Laura Brainard, falling 74.5-72. Sophomore Calli Rouse also just missed scoring a point, dropping a 75.5-73.5 showing to Carey Nowacek.