Nov. 21, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 8 TCU will put the finishing touches on its fall season Saturday when it hosts No. 4 Georgia at Turning Point Ranch. Start time is set for 11:00 a.m. CT in Springtown.
"We are looking forward to hosting a strong UGA team," said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. Our riders are giving their best efforts in practice and we are looking forward to a great meet."
The Horned Frogs, who are now 4-2 on the young season, will look to redeem themselves after falling to fellow Big 12 foe Oklahoma State last weekend, 14-5.
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 Remains Alive In NCEA Rankings
TCU fell to No. 8 in the national rankings this week after suffering two consecutive losses to ranked opponents. The Horned Frogs previously held the No. 3 spot, 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
Week 5: No. 8
Gillette Strong In Oklahoma City
Sophomore and returning NCEA All-America honoree Erin Gillette had a strong showing at the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge Wednesday. In an event that featured the top NCEA and IHSA Horsemanship riders, Gillette, a Palos Verdes, Calif., native, battled West Texas A&M's Julia Roberts to a 139.5-139.5 draw, but moved on to the second round after winning the tiebreaker. In the second round, Gillette fell to Ohio State's Austin Griffith, 141.5-141, to end her run in Oklahoma City.
Gillette, who by being selected for the event is considered one of the top-eight Horsemanship riders in the NCEA, joined fellow Big 12 counterparts Kelly Boviard (K-State), Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State) and Parris Rice (Baylor) at the AQHA World Championship Show Wednesday.
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 the Bulldogs will compete for the ninth time in program history Saturday. Georgia currently holds a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series and has won four-straight heading into Saturday. The Frogs' last victory over Georgia came during an 11-9 victory in the fall of 2009. On the day, the Purple and White outscored UGA, 702.5-697.5. TCU also captured two Most Outstanding Player accolades.
TCU comes into Saturday's contest looking for its fifth win of the season. The Horned Frogs fresh off two consecutive road trips are happy to return home and look to improve to 5-2.
Several student-athletes have shown consistency heading into Saturday's matchup against Georgia. Returning All-America honoree Caitilin Ader is undefeated in conference play after sweeping both disciplines in last week's contest at Oklahoma State. Taylor Alexander has also improved this season, moving to 2-3 on the year in Equtation on the Flat. Junior Kaitilin Perry still leads the team with three MOP honors, while freshman Molly Peddicord remains unbeaten on the road in Equitation on the Flat.
On the Western side, TCU will look to move back to its winning ways this Saturday after last week's tough outing in Stillwater.
"It is going to be great hosting Georgia this Saturday. We are looking forward to finishing our semester with strong rides and a lot of confidence," said TCU head Western coach Kindel Walter.
Junior Alexi Child continued her domination at OSU, garnering the Frogs' sole point in Reining. With the win, Child improved to 5-1 and remains undefeated in Big 12 play.
Georgia now sits at No. 4 in the NCEA rankings after suffering its first loss of the season to No. 2 Auburn. Despite the loss, the Lady Bulldogs swept MOP accolades against the Tigers. Georgia will begin play this Friday at Kansas State before heading to Springtown.
Last Time Out
No. 3 TCU dropped a 14-5 decision to No. 6 Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at the Animal Science Center. With the loss, TCU moved to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference action. On the day, Caitilin Ader swept her respective disciplines in Equitation over Fences and on the Flat, respectively. By doing so she remained undefeated in conference action. Reining standout Alexi Child was also victorious moving to 3-0 in the Big 12 play.
TCU will have a couple of months off before hosting Delaware State on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.