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.
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.