Equestrian excels in season-opener

Photo courtesy: gofrogs.com

Photo courtesy: gofrogs.com

By Garrett Podell

TCU won all four Most Outstanding Player honors Friday, winning its season-debut with a 10-9 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the North Central Texas College Lions.

With the victory, TCU equestrian has now won five-straight season-openers and six out of their last seven season-openers.

The Horned Frogs started out the match by defeating the Lions, 4-1. Freshman Jamie Cook turned in a clutch performance, tallying a 75-72 victory over NCTC’s Arianne Cox. With the win, the Colorado native secured her first MOP.

Emma Edwards and Ally Fink were also victorious, defeating Rebecca Carlisle and Hannah Penny. Freshman Josie Mootz rounded out the Horned Frog notables in the discipline with a win over Kodi Anderson, 75.5-73.

Freshman Carly Lombard carried TCU in Reining with a 73-70 victory over Anna Muratova. Lombard, also from Colorado, won MOP accolades in the discipline.

In the Hunt Seat, TCU posted a 5-4 decision over Texas Tech. Junior Mady Fithian carried the Frogs to  a 3-2 mark in Equitation on the Flat by posting a 78-69 win over Ashley Roberts. Freshman Melanie Selleck and sophomore Kayla McCarthy joined Fithian, who earned her first MOP honor of her career. Selleck recorded a 75-64 victory over Caitlin Kimmel, while McCarthy dropped Alexa Popovich.

In Equitation over Fences, junior Julia Finn rode her horse Java to an 80-73 win over Emma Mathiasmeier. With the win, Finn posted her first career victory and also claimed her first MOP honor. Freshman Courtney May rounded out TCU’s big winners Friday, dropping Popovich, 60-40. Fellow newcomer Patty Gill just missed her first career win, tying Kimmel at 84-84.

TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield was thrilled with her team’s performance.

“What a great way to kick off our year,” Schoolfield said. “We loved having so many parents and fans with us, and we got some valuable miles in the competition arena and now know what we need to adjust as we look ahead to SMU.”

TCU will begin NCEA competition play on Friday, Sept. 23 versus SMU at Turning Point Ranch.