Three-peat: Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team Reigns as ASHA National Champions

For the third consecutive year, the team takes the national title.

Texas Tech University’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 mathematics 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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CONTACT: Norman Martin, unit coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2802 or norman.martin@ttu.edu.