Horned Frogs Primed for Baylor Sunday

Alexi Child

Alexi Child

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."

Follow The Horned Frogs
A full recap and final results will be available following Sunday's competition on GoFrogs.com. During the meet, live results will be made available at the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian.

TCU Making Moves In National Rankings
The TCU women's equestrian program opened the year ranked No. 8 in the Women's Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll. The Frogs moved up a spot this week to No. 7.

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.

All-Time Series
The Horned Frogs and Bears will battle for the ninth time in program history Sunday. The all-time series is currently tied at 4-4, but TCU has two out of the last three, including a 5-3 decision at nationals last spring.

Estrada Represents TCU In Oklahoma City
Senior Alexie Estrada was selected to represent TCU and the NCEA at the first-ever AQHA Horsemanship Challenge this past week. In Oklahoma City, Estrada scored a 13 on her first round ride, but failed to be selected for second round action.

An Honorable Mention All-American last spring, Estrada has rode to a 3-1 record this fall with one Most Outstanding Player honoree.

Bayer And Stewart Honored By Big 12
Sophomore Samantha Bayer and freshman Chantz Stewart each earned Big 12 Rider of the Month accolades last week.

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
The TCU equestrian program recently worked with Fox Valley Troop Support in creating care packages to send TCU alumni and soldiers currently serving overseas.

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.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into its Friday Big 12 showdown looking for its fourth win of the season. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 7 in the national polls and are 3-2 on the young season overall and 1-1 in the Big 12.

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.

Scouting Baylor
No. 8 Baylor is currently 4-3 overall and 0-2 in conference action, falling to both Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The Bears are coming off a 14-6 dismantling of Fresno State last week.

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.

Up Next
The Frogs will next be in action at the Fort Worth Stock Show Dual against Baylor on Feb. 8.



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