TEXAS TECH SADDLES UP FIRST TRAVELING RANCH HORSE TEAM
February 21, 2005
Lubbock – Call them ambassadors or pioneers. Members of Texas Tech University’s
newly formed Ranch Horse Team serve as both.
The team, created in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences following the 2004
donation of Texas Tech’s Equestrian Center, is the first traveling team in the nation
to be sponsored by a university department, said its coach, Kris Wilson, an animal
science doctoral student. It competes in Stock Horse of Texas shows where both rider
skills and horses are assessed using designated standards in four classes: Pleasure,
reining, trail and working cow horse.
Dr. Kim Guay, coordinator of the Equestrian Center, said she believes the 12 Texas
Tech students will act as ambassadors for the university while increasing their own
practical experience in a competitive atmosphere.
“(Dr. Guay) and I thought we would try and provide the students a unique opportunity
that they can't get anywhere else in the nation,” Wilson said. “Plus, it really fits
this area with all the large ranches we have around.”
Team members are required to take a class teaching them various stock horse techniques
Wilson admitted that getting the team to its first show at the Feb. 12 Brazos County
Stock Horse of Texas Show was a daunting task. The students and horses, however, hauled
in 21 honors during the show. The team had one open entry, six non-pro entries, and
eight novice entries in the show.
Donations for funding, feed and supplies came from around 20 sources and were raised
through the sale of shirt, saddle pad and banner sponsorships.
The team will attend a total of three shows this year. Tech also will host its own
clinic and competition April 8 and 9.
SOURCE: Kris Wilson, Ranch Horse Team Coach, (806) 742-2804, firstname.lastname@example.org.