First-year gallopers trip out of gate during debut match

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    TCU’s equestrian team had their first regular-season competition Saturday at Oklahoma State, and it was inexperience that plagued the first-year team in their loss to the Cowgirls, said head coach Gary Reynolds. The Frogs fell 15-1 to the OSU riders, but for the new team, they put up a good fight, coming in a very close second in several events.

    In horsemanship, TCU’s Allie Royder fell short by one point with a 71.5 score, falling to OSU’s Sam Davidson who received a score of 72.5.

    TCU equestrian rider Eryn Sciacca said the OSU team had a larger roster and was more experienced.

    “They have sixty girls on their team, and they’ve been a team for seven years,” Sciacca said.

    Reynolds said the new team is “very inexperienced, and it showed up (at OSU).”

    Although their first competition might not have turned out how they would have liked it to, the team is looking forward to the future.

    “Oklahoma State has a very sophisticated, well-trained team, and they are truly one of the strongest teams in the nation,” Reynolds said. “We learned a valuable lesson that will serve us well down the road.”

    Sciacca said the team will continue to work hard on improving their overall skill and team continuity throughout the fall as the OSU match was their only competition of the fall season.

    “We need to fine tune our program,” Sciacca said. “We will be better in the spring.