Junior Lyndsi Hardin earned her first MVP honor of the season as No. 5 TCU moved to 5-0 on the season Sunday afternoon with a 10-9 decision over No. 9 Fresno State at October Hill Farm.
With the win, the Frogs have now won six-straight regular season matches dating back to last spring and haven’t lost at home since the 2008-09 season. Overall, TCU rallied on the Western side Sunday to outscore the Bulldogs, 1,433-1,423.
The Frogs posted a 7-3 victory in Western, outscoring FSU, 716-700. On the Hunt Seat side, the Frogs, who outscored Fresno State in Equitation on the Flat, dropped a 6-3 outing in Hudson Oaks.
In Horsemanship, Hardin claimed her first MVP honor of the season with a 74-69 win over the Bulldogs’ Christa Beezley. Senior’s Kelsey Huffman and Ashley Aikman were also victorious, scoring victories over Shauna Woodward and Sammie Jo Stone, respectively. Finally, Courtney Chown, a Pilot Point native, moved to 4-0 on the year with a 72.5-69.5 decision over Kelsi Fischer.
TCU sealed the victory Sunday with a 3-2 win in Reining. Kolby Simonson, Devin Spencer and Kelly Morris all scored victories. Simonson garnered her second win of the season, downing Whitney Kittle, 70.5-70. Spencer was just as solid in the event, wrapping up competition with a 67.5-65 upending of Shawna McClurg. Morris tallied the final point for the Frogs, beating Jillian Tebbe, 68.5-65.5.
In Equitation on the Flat, Callie Selchau and Melinda Peters each recorded decisions over Lanie Madrazo and Lauren Carr, respectively. Senior Tassie Munroe looked to have scored a point for TCU in the event, but tied Caitlin Marshall, 68-68.
Lauren Quiroz was the lone Frog to capture a victory in Equitation over Fences Sunday, upending Jessica Kissel, 65-62. With the win, Quiroz moved to 2-0 on the year. Junior Victoria Lee, who went 1-1 in competition and advanced to the finals at the Second Annual Winter Equestrian Festivals Equitation Challenge Friday, narrowly fell to Hillary West, 77-76.
TCU will now head to California for a two-day tournament at Fresno State on Feb. 26-27.