No. 5 TCU Opens at No. 8 New Mexico State

Katelyn Gray

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. 

Follow The Frogs
A full recap and final results will be made available following both days of competition on Throughout both days, live results can be accessed 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.

TCU Duo Named Big 12 Riders of the Month
Senior Caitlin Ader and sophomore Chantz Stewart each earned Big 12 Rider of the Month accolades Wednesday.

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 Horned Frogs and Aggies are set to compete for the sixth time in program history Friday. TCU currently holds a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series and has won two out of the last four meetings.

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.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Friday's contest looking for its fourth win of the season. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 5 in the national polls and haven't lost a regular-season outing since falling to Auburn last March, 9-8. In all, TCU went 3-3 on the road a year ago and will look to win its third-straight outing away from Turning Point Ranch dating back to last season.

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.

In Horsemanship, Calli Rouse will look to remain unbeaten on the season Friday at 3-0, while freshman Megan McMullen has shined during the early portion of TCU's schedule, going 3-0. 

Scouting New Mexico State
No. 8 New Mexico State returns home off a two-game sweep of Fresno State and Sacred Heart. The Aggies bring a 6-1 record into this weekend and haven’t lost since falling to Baylor in September. In its last two outings, NMSU collected a total of six MOP accolades against the Bulldogs and Pioneers.  

Scouting South Dakota State
South Dakota State comes into the weekend looking to garner its first overall team win of the season. In their last outing, the Jackrabbits fell to Oklahoma State, 15-3. Raivenne Scott and Makayla Reed were both victorious for SDSU in Horsemanship, while Santana Wright closed out the scoring in Equitation over Fences. 

Last Time Out
No. 5 TCU routed No. 9 Texas A&M last Friday afternoon at Turning Point Ranch, 14-6. With the win, the Horned Frogs moved to 3-0 on the season.

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. 

Up Next
TCU will next be in action Saturday, Nov. 16 at Oklahoma State. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. CT. 



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