U of A Ranch Horse Team Wins Stock Horse of Texas World Show D2 Title
The ranch horse team, made up of animal science students and coached by Jordan Shore and Sidney Dunkel, shows off 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 earned a spot 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 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 placed ninth overall. The team is coached by Jordan Shore and Sidney Dunkel.
"There was a tremendous amount of effort these students had to put in to be able to compete at this event," Shore said. "Both Sidney and I are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. They are not average college students. When the going got tough, they leaned into the struggle and came out with a win for our program. On top of finishing school work and being prepared for this show, they deserve to be called above average students."
Teams advancing 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 housed in the Department of Animal Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.
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