April 25, 2011
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.
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.
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.Facebook