No. 5 TCU Opens at No. 8 New Mexico State
Nov. 7, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 5 TCU will look to continue its winning ways this weekend as it takes on No. 8 New Mexico State and South Dakota State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Start time for both meets is set for 10:00 a.m. CT at the NM State Equestrian Center.
“We are thrilled to get on the road for the first time this year and test our skills on new horses and settings,” said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. “We know we have a talented and determined team that is preparing hard. We are excited to see how well they perform away from home.”
The Horned Frogs have opened the season 3-0 for the first time since starting the 2010-11 campaign 5-0.
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Ader, a returning All-American from Palm Coast, Fla., earned co-accolades for her performance in Equitation on the Flat after going undefeated during the month of October with one MOP honor against conference foes Baylor and Kansas State.
Stewart picked up her first conference honor of the season for her performance in Reining. Stewart went 2-0 against conference opponents during the month with one MOP accolade.
The All-Time Series
The Frogs will meet South Dakota State for the fourth time in program history Saturday. The Jackrabbits lead the all-time series, 2-1, after upsetting TCU at nationals last spring. In the last regular-season meeting between the two foes, the Purple and White dominated SDSU, 15-3.
Several student-athletes have shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Friday's match-up at New Mexico State. Returning All-America honoree Caitlin Ader is currently 2-1 overall with one MOP accolade in Equitation on the Flat, while sophomore Nicole Diamantis will look to improve to 4-0 on the young season against the Aggies. In Equitation over Fences, Kaitlin Perry will look to continue her winning ways after posting one of her two MOP honors in her last outing against Texas A&M.
On the Western side, sophomore Chantz Stewart has led the way for the Horned Frogs in Reining, moving to 2-1 on the young season with one MOP honor. Alexi Child has also excelled early, going 2-1 against Baylor, K-State and Texas A&M, respectively.
Scouting New Mexico State
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Last Time Out
For the first time this season, TCU produced three Most Outstanding Player accolades. Two out of the three MOP awards belonged to junior standout Kaitlin Perry for her Hunt Seat performance. Perry is the first player this season to earn two MOP's in a meet.
Returning All-America honoree Erin Gillette also garnered her first MOP honor of the season in Horsemanship.
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