Nov. 14, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 3 TCU returns to Big 12 Conference action this weekend as they head to Stillwater Okla., to take on No. 7 Oklahoma State. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. CT at the Animal Science Arena.
“We are very excited for our first Big 12 road meet. Oklahoma State is a historically strong team and we believe that we are up to the challenge and will compete well in Stillwater,” said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. “This will be the second time away from home for our very talented freshmen class and the coaches are looking forward to watching them build on their strong performances last week in New Mexico. We will expect our upperclassmen to lead the younger student-athletes as well as continue their confident, solid riding.”
TCU, who is now 4-1 on the young season, will look to put up strong performances in their first Big 12 road game. The Frogs, who currently sit No. 1 in the league standings, will look to improve to 3-0 in conference play.
Follow The Frogs
A full recap and final results will be made available following Saturday on GoFrogs.com. Throughout Saturday, 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 Shoots Up in NCEA Rankings
After opening the 2013-14 season ranked No. 9 in the NCEA Coaches Poll, TCU moved to No. 3 last week after routing Texas A&M, 14-6. The No. 3 ranking is the highest ranking in school history.
National Poll Rankings
Preseason: No. 9
Week 1: No. 8
Week 2: No. 6
Week 3: No. 5
Week 4: No. 3
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 for October. 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 Cowboys are set to compete for the 12th time in program history Saturday. OSU currently holds a 5-6 advantage in the all-time series and has won three out of the last four meetings. TCU claimed a 10-9 victory last season in Stillwater. On the day, the Horned Frogs simply dominated the Cowgirls, outscoring them, 1522-1454.5. TCU also captured three Most Outstanding Player accolades.
TCU comes into Saturday’s contest looking for its fifth win of the season. The Horned Frogs fresh off their first road trip of the season are looking to improve to 5-1 and are currently ranked No. 3 in the national polls.
Several student-athletes have shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into Saturday's matchup at OSU. Returning All-America honoree Kaitlin Perry is 4-1 overall with three MOP Accolades on the young season. Sophomore Nicole Diamantis earned her first MOP's of the season against New Mexico State and South Dakota State, respectively. In Equitation over Fences, freshman Molly Peddicord will look to continue her winning ways to move to 5-1, while Taylor Alexander will try and be a difference maker.
On the Western side, TCU will seek to redeem themselves after last weeks tough outings. “Oklahoma State is a great team, we look forward to having good patterns and challenging them in every ride," said Head Western coach Kindel Walter.
Junior Alexi Child has found momentum in Reining, moving to 4-1 on the young season with two MOP honors garnered from last week’s competition against New Mexico State and South Dakota State, respectively. Chantz Stewart who touts one MOP honor looks to go 3-0 against Big 12 competition.
In Horsemanship, Calli Rouse will look to improve to 4-2 on the season, while newcomer Megan McMullen, who has had consistent outings all season long, will look to move to 5-1 on the year.
Scouting Oklahoma State
In it’s home opener Oklahoma State defeated South Dakota State, 15-3. Now 1-2 on the young season, the Cowboys swept the Jackrabbits in Horsemanship and garnered three out of four MOP Accolades on the day. In its last two outings, the Cowgirls have dropped decisions to Big 12 foes Kansas State and Baylor.
Last Time Out
No. 3 TCU faced two tough teams on their first road trip of the season. On the weekend, TCU earned five MOP Accolades, four of which were earned by the same players on back to back days. Sophomore Nikki Diamantis earned MOP Accolades in both Equitation on the Flat and over Fences against SDSU and NMSU for the first time this season. Alexi Child also earned back-to-back honors for two strong outings in Reining. Returning All-America honoree Kaitlin Perry now leads the squad with three MOP’s on the season after picking up her third against the Jackrabbits on the Flat.
TCU returns home Saturday, Nov. 23 to face No. 1 ranked Georgia. Start time is set for 11:00 a.m. CT at Turning Point Ranch.