The ranch horse team, made up of animal science students and coached by Jordan Shore and Sidney Dunkel, displays awards from winning the Stock Horse of Texas World Show Division 2 Championship.
The U of A ranch horse team won the Reserve Division 2 Championship at the Stock Horse of Texas World Show in October and secured a place in the Invitational Collegiate Ranch Horse Competition at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in February.
Division 2 teams enter four riders in four different events – Ranch Pleasure, Ranch Trail, Working Cow Horse and Reining – and the riders compete in two rounds of each event over three days.
Competing for Arkansas were Kyla Neal, Caitlyn Ferguson, Brianna Keeling and Elise Tremonti, all animal science majors. Individually, Neal finished ninth overall. The team is coached by Jordan Shore and Sidney Dunkel.
“It was a tremendous effort that these students had to go through to be able to attend this event,” Shore said. “Both Sidney and I are very proud of what they have achieved. They are not your average college students. Prepared for this show, they deserve to be called above-average students.”
Teams moving up to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo include Arkansas, Texas Tech, North Central Texas College, Texas A&M, West Texas A&M, Clarendon College, Tarleton State and Texas A&M Commerce.
The team is based in the Department of Animal Sciences at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.
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