Ranch horse team starts spring season strong

Down the Fence:
Jadin Vogler shows in the working cow event for the teams home show at LCCC March 22-23.
(Photo Credit: Brianna Garcia)

The Laramie County Community College Ranch Horse team’s spring semester has been on a roll for about a month now. With two shows under its belt, the team is preparing for its last show of the semester.

“My goal for this semester is to place in all four disciplines at shows and to also better my horse and myself,” Tanner Fulfs, a freshman on the team this year, said.

“I think this semester will be the best yet,” Fulfs said. “The reason I feel this way is because we have come together and know each other better than last semester. I feel like we support each other more this semester versus last semester because we know each other better.”

The LCCC Ranch Horse team had its first show of the spring semester March 1-3, in Fort Collins, Colorado, at Colorado State.

“I was proud with how the team did. It was definitely a tough show and a big learning experience for them,” Ranch Horse coach Danny May said. “Kassidy Woody, a freshman on the team, was third highest individual in the Novice division out of 30 other riders. The rest of the team was just out of the team placings.”

According to May, the riders are continuing to work hard to not only improve themselves and their horses while also working on strengthening the team.

“We did have several horse switches just before this first show, so improvement with them is one of our main goals,” May said. “We take every practice, show, and year one day at a time. I want everyone to do and be the best they can be individually.”

The weekend of March 22-23, the team hosted the LCCC home show. Kaylynn Sheldon placed second in working cow horse, Caitlin Garcia won the trail event, Jadin Vogler won the intermediate non-pro all-around and the team earned high point team overall at the show.

Kaylynn Sheldon shows off her sliding skills in the Reining event for the teams home show at LCCC March 22-23.
(Photo Credit: Brianna Garcia)

While hosting the LCCC home show, the Ranch Horse team also held an open show for anyone in the community to compete. The team also hosted a silent auction with items donated by the community such as bridles, chinks, breeding offers, baskets, etc. Proceeds will go to benefit Ben Tyner, the Wyoming cowboy who went missing in Canada.

“I absolutely continue to learn while on this team. I learn something every single day,” Layne George, a sophomore on the team this year, said. “Danny May is the best coach ever. I can’t express how much he’s turned my showing around, my training around, and he teaches me something every single conversation I have with him.”

The Ranch Horse team just had its last travel show in McCook, Nebraska, from April 12-14, but results  were not available by press time. Updates will be reported at lcccwingspan.com.

“I will definitely be returning to the team next year,” Fulfs said. “I have learned a tremendous amount and I am really enjoying the discipline. Along with that, we strive to better our horses, ourselves, our teammates and have fun, which really makes our team something special.”

About Brianna Garcia (20 Articles)
Brianna Garcia is a junior majoring in Multimedia and is one of the tri-editors for Wingspan. She is hoping to continue her education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for Sports Media and communications. Garcia hopes to one day announce for the Wrangler Network for Rodeo or for the NFL. Garcia found her love for sports media in high school, getting to cover a few sports for her high school yearbook. She’s a huge sports fan and enjoys watching them with her dad. Her favorite sports and teams include the Denver Broncos, Olympic swimming, and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Her favorite sports players or riders include Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bull Rider Sage Kimzey and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Racers Hailey Kinzel and Amberley Snyder. Along with watching sports, Garcia has been involved with horses for the past 12 years. She also swam competitively for four years throughout high school. To contact Garcia, email her at briannagarcia9818@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter at BriannaG9819

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