Horned Frogs Primed for Baylor Sunday
Nov. 16, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The nationally ranked TCU equestrian program will close its fall campaign Sunday at No. 8 Baylor. Start time is set for approximately 1:00 p.m. at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
"Our team has had a great start to our season and we are now ready to finish our four game road trip with Baylor," said Western head coach Kindel Huffman.
The No. 7 Horned Frogs are coming off their first Big 12 victory of the season against Oklahoma State two weeks ago. In all, the Frogs bring a 3-2 overall record and 1-1 mark in conference play into this Sunday's match-up.
"This is our final meet of the fall season and we are competing against a strong Baylor team," said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. "They always ride tough at their place, so we've continued to focus on getting the most out of each horse we ride in practice. I believe that we have the talent and ability as a team to come out with a win."
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TCU Making Moves In National Rankings
Overall, the Horned Frogs totaled 38 points. South Carolina is currently No. 1 with 99 points, while Auburn sits at the No. 2 spot in the polls with 88 points. All four Big 12 schools are currently ranked in the top 10.
The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for Nov. 28, 2012.
Estrada Represents TCU In Oklahoma City
An Honorable Mention All-American last spring, Estrada has rode to a 3-1 record this fall with one Most Outstanding Player honoree.
Bayer, who claimed the Horsemanship Rider of the Month honor, went 1-0 during the month of October, winning at No. 4 Texas A&M. In all, the Oregon native scored a 74 and beat her competitor by 1.5 points. She also scored the lone point for the Frogs in the event.
Stewart had a banner month as she claimed the Reining Rider of the Month. The freshman continued her early season dominance in Reining, scoring the highest score among all competitors in defeating No. 4 Texas A&M's Laura Sumrall, 70.5-70. She is currently 3-1 on the young season with one MVP honor.
Getting Into The Community Spirit
For a second-straight year, the packages, which are called Frog Boxes, are being sent to soldiers during the upcoming holiday season. In addition, Nocona Boot Company donated TCU boots that were auctioned off with all the proceeds going directly towards the cost of shipping the packages.
The Frogs are 3-1 in Western this fall, while Hunt Seat has posted a 2-2 mark during the early portion of their schedule. Several individuals have scored impressive early season victories during the 2012-13 campaign.
On the Western side, Chantz Stewart and Alexie Estrada will look to go to 4-1 on the season this Sunday in Reining in Horsemanship, respectively. Stewart picked up her first MOP honor of her career earlier this season against New Mexico State, while Estrada is coming off an MOP performance against Oklahoma State. Senior Kolby Simonson is also 3-1 in Reining this fall.
Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Sunday's action. In total, three different student-athletes have earned Most Outstanding Player awards during the first two games. Caitlin Ader and Demi Stiegler have earned MOP honors in Equitation on the Flat, while Haley Jacobi has led the way with one on Equitation over Fences.
Jacobi has had an impressive start to her season in Fences as she is 2-1 on the year. On the Flat, Stiegler remains perfect on the year with a 4-0 mark, while Ader has earned two Most Outstanding Player honors to improve to 3-0-1 on the year.
Baylor, who also hosts No. 1 South Carolina Sunday, saw Olivia Rogers, Taylor Brown and Mary Brown all earn Most Outstanding Player honors against the Lady Bulldogs last week. Overall, the Bears claimed victories in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences, while scoring a 4-1 victory in Horsemanship.
Last spring, the Baylor Hunt Seat program captured their first National Championship, with a thrilling and stunning victory over Texas A&M at nationals.