Five equestrian student-athletes were recognized with Big 12 Rider of the Month awards for competition during the month of October. In the Equitation over Fences event, Alicia Gasser (Baylor) was named Rider of the Month, while Caitlin Ader (TCU) and Sam Schaefer (Baylor) were honored in the Equitation on the Flat discipline. In Western, Kelly Bovaird (K-State) was named Horsemanship Rider of the Month, while Chantz Stewart (TCU) claimed the Reining honor.
Equitation over Fences Rider of the Month
Alicia Gasser, Baylor, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Gasser went 3-0 last month in fences, helping Baylor to an overall record of 2-1 with wins over Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Gasser was MOP in fences against OSU and won points for Baylor in meets with K-State and TCU. Gasser also went 2-1 this month in flat.
Equitation on the Flat Riders of the Month
Caitlin Ader, TCU, Sr., Palm Coast, Fla.
During the month of September, All-America Honoree Caitin Ader lead TCU to victories over No. 4 K-State and No. 5 Baylor. She propelled her team to the first sweep of the season in the flat, with her 91-68 victory over K-State’s Madison Wayda. With the win, she earned her first MOP Accolades of the season. During TCU’s season opener Ader also outscored Baylor’s Paige Parker 84-82. As a senior, Ader continues to be a strong rock and leader for the Hunt Seat squad.
Sam Schaefer, Baylor, Jr., Westminster, Md.
Schaefer went 3-0 in flat last month, helping Baylor to a 2-1 overall record with wins over Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Individually, she won all three flat events against TCU, K-State and OSU. She earned MOP honors against the Horned Frogs, Oct. 5. Schaefer was also 3-0 in fences this month to aid the No. 4-ranked Bears.
Horsemanship Rider of the Month
Kelly Bovaird, K-State, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.
Bovaird went 3-0 during October in Horsemanship with one MOP honor. Selected as one of four captains for the season. Helped K-State to a No.4 ranking early in the season. She has been one of K-State’s best Horsemanship riders this season.
Reining Rider of the Month
Chantz Stewart, TCU, So., Cave Creek, Ariz.
Against Baylor, Stewart kept her composure as the last rider of the day and defeated BU’s Shelbey Jackson 69.5-65.5. She produced an MOP ride to pull the Frogs over the line in a close, 11-9 Baylor defeat, Chanz’s ride also solidified Reining’s first sweep of the season. Her MOP Accolades were the first of the young season and earned the equestrian program’s first TCU Player of the Week award (dates). Against K-State, Stewart produced another stellar performance downing Emily Stockford, 69.5-65.5 to edge out K-State, 10-9.
2013-14 EQUESTRIAN RIDERS OF THE MONTH
|Equitation Over Fences Rider of the Month|
|October:||Alicia Gasser, Baylor, Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month|
|October:||Caitlin Ader, TCU, Sr., Palm Coast, Fla.|
|Sam Schaefer, BU, Jr., Westminster, Md.|
|Horsemanship Rider of the Month|
|October:||Kelly Bovaird, K-State, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.|
|Reining Rider of the Month|
|October:||Chantz Stewart, TCU, So., Cave Creek, Ariz.|