Ranch Horse Team reflects back on last season and looks forward to upcoming spring season

(Photo By Brianna Garcia)
Slidin’:
Peyton Kottwitz performs a sliding stop during her reining pattern at Winterfest in Loveland, CO

The Laramie County Community College Ranch Horse team found out in August it won first place for the entire season, beating out all other teams in the Collegiate division.

 “Wow. We got it.” Coach Danny May said. “That formula does work. The little bits here and there. Keep pushing, keep striving.

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Tending the Herd:
Ranch Horse member Caitlin Garcia participates in the Trail class at Winterfest demonstrating to the judge her horse can drag anything behind her

We don’t just clean up anywhere but we keep pushing on the basics.” 

The team got a good start to another successful season at Winterfest in Loveland, Colo. the weekend of November 23-24 by winning reserve champion overall for the show. 

“Progress wise, it was awesome,” May said. “This weekend was very fun. We had hiccups but no big deal.”

Though the team might not always have perfect shows, they keep going to get better and to make their horses better. 

They used that to their advantage to win the division title, which is awarded through points obtained in shows throughout the season. 

“It was really fun,” May said. “We had the whole summer off without knowing how it turned out. For me, I’d kind of forgotten about it. It was pretty exciting to come back and know that it was our accomplishment for last year. It was sort of like Christmas in July.” 

At Winterfest, Tess Gore was the third-highest individual in the all-around for the Novice out of 28 competitors, Caitlin Garcia was third-highest individual in the all-around for the Limited Non-Pro out of 15. 

“Tanner is the biggest attainment success story that we’ve had,” May said. “All the hard work he’s been putting in over the past year paid off.”

May said he will get another chance to put his team against the nation’s best when they will go to the first National Collegiate Versatility Championships this spring. 

“The championships is put together by the Versatility Ranch Horse Alliance, and they are stepping up and creating a collegiate division.” May said. “So for the first time, we’ll have an overall, nationally recognized collegiate versatility show.” 

The team plans on peaking at that show, which will be at the end of April.

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Reining:
Freshman Tierney George participates in her Reining class at Winterfest in Loveland, CO on November 23.

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Checking Mail:
Jadin Vogler demonstrates to the judge in the Trail class at Winterfest that her horse can work for her on daily tasks

 

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Cow Work:
Jadin Vogler shows the skills she’s learned while circling a cow in the Working Cow class at Winterfest in Loveland, CO.

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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