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TCU Equestrian falls one match short of a perfect season

No. 1 TCU loses 11-7 in a Texas-style shootout against No. 3 SMU at the Dallas Equestrian Center.
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TCU dropped its match against SMU. (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com)

The Frogs were on a roll this season, triumphing over every obstacle in their path. However, they couldn’t pull off the comeback win as SMU rode away with the victory 11-7.

TCU stumbled out of the gate, losing Flat 3-2 along with Horsemanship. Junior Laurel Smith and first-year student Lilly Goldstein both scored points for The Frogs in Flat. Smith outscored her opponent 85-81 riding Charlie. Goldstein showed her dominance with a 75-59 win riding Emil.

Frog standouts Shea Graham and Mattie Dukes both got TCU on the bored in Horsemanship, scoring 71.5 on Shirly and 76 on Sam. Horsemanship is judged on how well the rider can maintain posture, rein potions and course accuracy.

In the second half of competition, the Frogs started with Fences. Fences is highly dependent on the horse, so the rider must ensure that the horses jumping position, stride count, along with adequate pacing, is perfect.

The Frogs has a tough start, losing two points in succession and tied the third. Lily Goldstein won her second point of the match and first career point in Fences, with a score of 85-81 while riding Oliver.  Ella Bostwick also outscored her opponents 85-78 riding Hardy.

The Frogs showed a valiant effort in Reigning as they were able to keep four of the five matches within 2 points. Kaylene Cunningham tied the first match at 71 riding Tberg. Despite their efforts, the Frogs would fall short as they lost 3-1. Shae Graham secured her second point of the match earning a 71-70 win riding Jellybean.

Despite TCU’s loss, they still had an outstanding season, finishing out conference play 6-0 and having a final record of 11-1.

“The seniors have truly come into themselves, the energy and team spirit we have is like nothing I’ve ever felt,” Shea Graham said.

TCU will face off in the Big 12 Championship March 29-30 at the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco, Texas.

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