Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team captures crown at Western Horseman Show
The Texas Tech University Ranch Horse Team captured the Collegiate World Championship and several members of the team recently captured top individual honors at the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show in Abilene.
Competing against 10 other collegiate teams, Texas Tech earned top honors in several divisions, including stock horse pleasure, trail, reining and cow horse categories.
"I have been very proud of the team ever since I have arrived at Texas Tech," said Ranch Horse Team first-year coach Chance O'Neal. "There is no surprise why this team has been successful. They work very hard, but not just in the arena. I think what I am most proud of is the character of this team not only in the arena but the way they represent Texas Tech."
Kameron Buchanan earned the novice division championship riding Heza Hickory Colonel while Courtney Reynolds was named reserve world champion on Cows Playboy. Reynolds also won all-around in the division. Others competing in the novice division included Eric Van Reet, Raemi Gipson, Susanna Lyles and Ryder Cude.
Cassie Coltrain finished fourth in the limited non-pro division. Others in the division included Ashley Adams, Mandy Harris and Courtney Fredriksen. Tanner Cadra and Jayton Baca competed in the non-pro division.
Following the world championships, team members competed in the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) Futurity and Derby, a special competition for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old horses. Morgan Holmes captured the non-pro futurity championship, earning the Nathan Belcher Memorial Scholarship. Lanham Brown was the highest-placing rider in the derby, earning the Zinn Lindsey Memorial Scholarship. Ashley Adams earned a scholarship in the limited futurity division.
Written by George Watson
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