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Ranch Horse Team sweeps to victory and undefeated season

Riders from Texas Tech University’s Ranch Horse Team closed out an undefeated season, overpowering the competition and taking the top spots April 27 at the Stock Horse of Texas Association’s Collegiate Stock Horse Show at the Tech Equestrian Center.

“It was a really good team effort,” said Kris Wilson, who serves as coach and Texas Tech assistant professor of animal and food sciences. “We had some exceptional riders this year.”

Ninety students from Texas Tech, Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Clemson University, New Mexico State University, Caldron College, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and Laramie County Community College competed in stock horse pleasure, trail, reining and working cowhorse classes.

Top Honors. Alicia Daugherty, a junior agricultural communications major from Alpine, won top honors the Non-Pro Division, while Brianne Aucult, a junior animal science major from Portales, N.M., took first place in the Stock Horse of Texas Association show held April 26.

Ashley Palmer, a senior interdisciplinary agriculture major from Cyprus, was first place in the Limited Non-Pro Division. Ashley Rosenberg, a master’s graduate student in animal science from Fairmont, Minn., took first place in the Novice category competitions at both the Collegiate Stock Horse Show, and the earlier the Stock Horse of Texas Association show.

The Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team has 27 members, including 17 students that travel to competitions across the nation with their horses. The team won competitions this year in Austin, Fort Worth and Lubbock.

All-around Horses. Wilson, who serves as a coach and adviser for Tech’s Ranch Horse Team, helped establish both the Ranch Horse Team and the Horse Judging Team. The teams travel around the country for competitions. The horse judging team placed first in the nation at the 2007 Arabian National Championship held in October in Albuquerque. They competed against 13 teams.

The Stock Horse of Texas Association was founded to promote education for western horse enthusiasts to ride and train an all-around western stock horse that can be ridden on the ranch, in the ring or down the road.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Kris Wilson, Ranch Horse Team Coach, Texas Tech University;  or (806)742-2805 ext 236

For more information on the Stock Horse of Texas Association, contact B.F. Yeates, executive secretary, at (979) 846-4538 or


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