Ranch Horse Team Sweeps to Victory and Undefeated Season

Riders from Texas Tech University’s Ranch Horse Team closed out an undefeated season, overpowering the competition and taking the top spots at the Stock Horse of Texas Association’s Collegiate Stock Horse Show at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center.


Riders from Texas Tech University’s Ranch Horse Team closed out an undefeated season, overpowering the competition and taking the top spots at the Stock Horse of Texas Association’s Collegiate Stock Horse Show at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center.

"It was a really good team effort," said Kris Wilson, team coach and Texas Tech assistant professor of animal and food sciences. "We had some exceptional riders this year."

Ninety students from nine schools, including Texas A&M University, Clemson University and New Mexico State University, competed in stock horse pleasure, trail, reining and working cowhorse classes.

Alicia Daugherty, a junior agricultural communications major from Alpine, won top honors the Non-Pro Division, while Brianne Aucult, a junior animal science major from Portales, N.M., took first place in the Stock Horse of Texas Association show held April 26.

Ashley Palmer, a senior interdisciplinary agriculture major from Cyprus, was first place in the Limited Non-Pro Division. Ashley Rosenberg, a master’s graduate student in animal science from Fairmont, Minn., took first place in the Novice category competitions at both the Collegiate Stock Horse Show, and the earlier the Stock Horse of Texas Association show.

The Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team has 27 members, including 17 students that travel to competitions across the nation with their horses. The team won competitions this year in Austin, Fort Worth and Lubbock.

Wilson, who serves as a coach and adviser for Tech's Ranch Horse Team, helped establish both the Ranch Horse Team and the Horse Judging Team. The teams travel around the country for competitions. The horse judging team placed first in the nation at the 2007 Arabian National Championship held in October in Albuquerque. They competed against 13 teams.

The Stock Horse of Texas Association was founded to promote education for western horse enthusiasts to ride and train an all-around western stock horse that can be ridden on the ranch, in the ring or down the road.

CONTACT: Kris Wilson, Ranch Horse Team Coach, Texas Tech University; (806)742-2805 ext. 236, or k.wilson@ttu.edu