Huffman Signs Quartet Wednesday

Kindel Huffman

Kindel Huffman

Dec. 5, 2012

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Western head coach Kindel Huffman announced the signing of four newcomers to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.

Inking with the equestrian program for the 2013-14 school year were Megan McMullen, Brook Boyle, Gabriella Salamone and Rylee Morgan.

McMullen, who hails from Norris, Tenn., will don the Purple and White next fall after claiming a 2009 AQHYA World Championship in Showmanship. She is a three-time Congress Champion as well as a two-time Reserve Congress Champion. McMullen will bring plenty of experience with her to Fort Worth as she recently won the 2012 All-American Quarter Horse Congress in the 3-Year Old Pro Limited Western Pleasure division. She has also placed in the top-10 at the AQHYA World Show and Congress numerous times.

"I am extremely excited to add Megan to our team," said Huffman. "I have watched her ride and compete throughout the years and have always thought she was one of the best riders in the country. She has always competed successfully at the highest level on competition. I believe Megan is a hard working, smart and talented student-athlete. We can't wait to see her compete as a Horned Frog."

Boyle will compete next fall after making the finals at the 2011 Non Pro Derby. The Kentucky native also claimed the Youth Derby, while placing in the top-10 at the Futurity Finals. She has been riding since she was 5 years old.

"I have watched Brook ride Reiners since she was a little girl," said Huffman. "She comes from a great family, who know how to work hard and win in the show arena. I know Brook will be a great rider for TCU because she has rode and shown a lot of different horses. We are very excited to have her join our TCU family."

A Scottsdale, Ariz., native, Salamone recently finished fifth overall at the 2011 AQHYA World Show. A 2009 Congress Champion, she has earned the Arizona State All-Around Youth title four-straight years.

"We are thrilled to add Gabi to our team," said Huffman. "She is a very talented rider, who has shown all across the country. Since the first time I met her, I fell in love with her sweet personality and excitement for TCU. She will be a great addition to our Western team."

Morgan comes to TCU from Provo, Utah and has captured an astonishing 14 APHA World Championships, including most recently the 2012 English Equitation title. In 2008, she was named the No. 1 Youth in the nation and has earned multiple honor roll championships.

"Rylee is one of the best riders in the country as she has dominated the APHA circuit since she was a little girl," said Huffman. "She has ridden, trained and shown so many different horses that I know she will be successful in our sport. I can't wait to get her on our horses and see the work she can do."

TCU will next be in action at the Fort Worth Stock Show Dual against Baylor on Feb. 8.

 

 


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