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Ranch Horse Team Gallops to Back-to-Back National Championships

The win capped an undefeated season for the 15 Texas Tech students who competed on the team.

Written by Moriah Beyers

The Ranch Horse Team competed against nine universities and eleven teams to clinch the title. Click to enlarge image.

For the second consecutive year, the Department of Animal and Food Sciences’ Ranch Horse Team clinched the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) Collegiate National Championship at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center in Lubbock.

The win capped an undefeated season for the 15 Texas Tech students who competed on the team.

"We are fortunate to have outstanding students, first class equestrian facilities and a coach who challenges the team to new heights," said Kevin Pond, chairman of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "Their hard work, extensive preparation and drive to be the best paid off. We are proud of our student athletes who repeated as national champions."

To accompany the team crown, the team members won six class individual national championships. Winners included: Brianne Hight who finished first in the Non-Pro Trail and Pleasure classes; Cooper Cogdell who finished first in the Non-Pro Cowhorse class; Will Wallendorff who finished first in the Limited Non-Pro Cowhorse class; and Kelsey Stokes who finished first in the Novice Trail and Reining classes.

Team members in the Non-Pro Division included:

  • Cooper Cogdell, an agribusiness major from Silverton
  • Alicia Daugherty, an agricultural communications major from Alpine
  • Brianne Hight, an animal science major from Clovis, N.M.
  • Jay Ray Sageser, an agricultural leadership major from Cotton Center
  • Jordan Williams, an economics major from Weatherford

Team members in the Limited Non-Pro Division included:

  • Dusty Burson, an animal science major from Silverton
  • Mattie Dunshee, an agricultural communications major from Alpine
  • Luke England, an animal science major from Winters
  • Will Wallendorff, an animal science major from Headley
  • Ashley Palmer, an agricultural communications graduate student from Cypress

Team members in the Novice Division included:

  • Justine Boswell, a nursing major from Goshen, Utah
  • True Burson, an animal science major from Silverton
  • Amanda Cage, an animal science major from Ponder
  • Robert Rivers, an animal science major from Elgin
  • Kelsey Stokes, an agribusiness major from Afton

The team is coached by Levi Williamson, a graduate student in the department.

In addition to its national championship victory, the Texas Tech (Black) Team placed second. New Mexico State University, Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University rounded out the top five in the team competition.

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3 Responses to “Ranch Horse Team Gallops to Back-to-Back National Championships”

  1. Sam Ainsworth Says:

    HOORAY FOR TECH —–We ought to read about this honor and see it on the national news . Our athletes and teams need some good press for a change. Our “high falutin” teams don’t seem to be able to accomplish what our “down to earth” teams do.

  2. Rodeo Team Ropes and Rides to Successful Standings :: Texas Tech Today Says:

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  3. robert gossett Says:

    Great job the Ranch Horse National Championship need to stay at Texas Tech.

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Animal and Food Sciences Building

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences is housed within the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.

In 2004, Animal and Food Sciences moved into a new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. This new facility includes four multimedia-classrooms, five specialized teaching & research labs, the largest retail meat cooler on a university campus, and a retail store (COWamongus).

The department's Equestrian Center is home to Texas Tech's champion Ranch Horse Team, Rodeo Team, Equestrian Team, Therapeutic Riding Center and a 4-H Youth group. Connect with the center on .

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