The event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo showcased the skills of both the rider and the horse.
Kim Lindsey, the director of the Texas Tech University's Equestrian Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, won the American Quarter Horse Association's Versatility Ranch Horse Amateur World Championship March 21.
Riding aboard her gelding Judys Ten, Lindsey outdistanced Shawn Holden from Vinton, Louisiana, and Jordan Willden from Coleman in the event, which was part of the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Program officials note the ranch horse competition demonstrates the athletic ability and versatility of the horse in five categories: ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, working ranch horse and ranch conformation. There are divisions for open, amateur, novice amateur and youth.
Lindsey, who joined Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences in 2012, is the executive director of the Stock Horse of Texas Association. She is instrumental in managing the student, teaching and research programs housed at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, a 40-acre facility located roughly 10 miles from the university's main campus.
Texas Tech's equestrian center has a collection of facilities including two indoor arenas, six outdoor arenas and a 180-stall barn. A number of equine-related programs are based in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The equestrian, ranch horse, rodeo and horse judging teams and the Therapeutic Riding Program all use the center.