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Tech ranch horse team continues successful legacy at national competition

Tech ranch horse team continues successful legacy at national competition

Texas Tech’s Ranch Horse Team placed second at the American Stock Horse Association National Collegiate Championship Show in Amarillo. During the two-day event in mid-April the Red Raiders competed against 12 colleges and more than 100 individual competitors from across the country.

“I’m extremely proud of our team,” said Cooper Cogdell, a Texas Tech animal science graduate student and the team’s coach.

The Texas Tech team consists of members who ride individual horses and compete in four separate events: stock horse pleasure, trail, reining and working cow horse. Students are divided into three separate divisions, based on their previous showing experience and years of riding. In the team category, first place went to Texas A&M University, and New Mexico State University was third.

Students can also compete as individuals. In the non-pro division, Kelsey Watring, an agricultural economics major from Lakewood, Colo., was third overall. In the limited non-pro division, Jennifer Bouse, a math major from Angleton, won first overall. True Burson, an animal science major from Silverton, received first place in the reining class.

In the novice division, Gage Moorhouse, an agribusiness major from Guthrie, was third overall. Hanna Langendoerfer, an exercise and sports sciences major from Idalia, Colo., was first in the trail and pleasure classes.

Other team members include:
Payte Beedy, an agricultural economics major from Floydada
Blaze Cogdell, an agribusiness major from Silverton
Ashley Daniel, an agricultural communications major from Guthrie
Lottie Elliot, an agricultural economics major from Guthrie
Luke England, an animal science major from Winters
Parke Greeson, an agricultural economics major from Victoria
Spencer Perkins, an animal science major from Canton
Pate Stewart, a wildlife management major from Munday
Kelsey Stokes, an agricultural economics and business major from Afton
Jordan Williams, an agricultural economics major from Brock

Previously, Texas Tech won the ASHA National Championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Program officials note that the purpose of the competition is to encourage and provide opportunities for competitors to enter the stock/ranch horse industry. Participants also advocate for the preservation of heritage and tradition of the functional ranch horse.

The ASHA National Championship Collegiate Stock Horse Show was managed by the American Stock Horse Association and the local host college, West Texas A&M University. In addition to the show, students attended an educational horse training clinic taught by professional horse trainer Todd Crawford. The AQHA Foundation and Museum hosted all teams to a special invitational showing of the AQHA Hall of Fame at the conclusion of the show.

Written by Kelsey Fletcher

CONTACT: Jane Bagley, visiting associate professor, Department of Animal and Food Science, Texas Tech University at 806-742-2805 or jane.bagley@ttu.edu

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