Ranch Horse Team Goes from Stock Horse of Texas World Show Reserve Champ to Overall Title
U of A ranch horse team members include animal science majors Jessica Bookout, Britnee Lynch, Kate Henderson and Max King. Jordan Shore is the head coach and Sidney Dunkel assistant coach.
A year after winning the Division II reserve championship at the Stock Horse of Texas World Show, the U of A ranch horse team won the overall Division II collegiate title at this year's event in October.
Division II 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.
Individually, Jessica Bookout won the reserve all-around championship. Britnee Lynch was sixth in the all-around; Kate Henderson, 11th, and Max King, 24th.
"Our ranch horse team has come a long way since the start, said head coach Jordan Shore, who is assisted by Sidney Dunkel. "These students step up every year and have really put our college at the top. All the students who competed at the Stock Horse of Texas World Show and those who didn't travel deserved this win. Without a team effort from everyone, we would not have been able to accomplish what we did."
Last year's team also won the National Intercollegiate Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance Collegiate Championships Division II title in Amarillo, Texas, and the American Stock Horse Association Collegiate National Show Division II championship in Sweetwater, Texas.
The team is housed in the Department of Animal Science in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.
About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.
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Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
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