Three-peat: Ranch Horse Team Reigns as National Champions

The team has now claimed three consecutive national championships at the annual show.

The competition's purpose is to encourage and provide opportunities for competitors to enter the stock/ranch horse industry.

The competition's purpose is to encourage and provide opportunities for competitors to enter the stock/ranch horse industry. Click for large version.

Texas Tech's Ranch Horse Team has now claimed three consecutive national championships at the annual American Stock Horse Association National Championship Show at the Taylor County Exposition Center in Abilene. This year's competition featured 13 teams from Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, Nebraska and Ohio.

During the event each entrant competed in four categories: stock horse pleasure, stock horse trail, reining and working cow horse, said Levi Williamson, the team's coach and a graduate animal science major from Abilene. Texas A&M University and New Mexico State University placed second and third respectively.

Team members in the Non-Pro Division included:

  • Dusty Burson, an animal science major from Silverton
  • Cooper Cogdell, an agribusiness major from Silverton
  • Brianne Hight, an animal science major from Clovis, N.M.
  • Pate Stewart, a wildlife management major from Munday
  • Jordan Williams, an economics major from Weatherford

Team members in the Limited Non-Pro Division included:

  • Jennifer Bouse, a math major from Angleton
  • True Burson, an animal science major from Silverton
  • Blaze Cogdell, an agricultural economics major from Silverton
  • Echo Dickson, an agricultural education major from Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Mattie Dunshee, an agricultural communications major from Alpine
  • Luke England, an animal science major from Winters
  • Kelsey Stokes, an agricultural economics and business major from Afton

Team members in the Novice Division included:

  • Brandyl Brooks, an animal science from Lampasas
  • Parke Greeson, an agricultural economics major from Victoria
  • Hannah Langendoerfer, an exercise and sport sciences major from Idalia, Colo.
  • Mackie McDuff, an interdisciplinary agriculture major from Vernon
  • Spencer Perkins, an animal science major from Canton
  • Megan Williamson, an animal science major from Abilene
  • Rustin Williams, an animal science major from Baird

Williamson noted that the competition's purpose is to encourage and provide opportunities for competitors to enter the stock/ranch horse industry. In addition, participants advocate for the preservation of the heritage and tradition of the functional ranch horse.

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Animal and Food Sciences

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.

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