NCTC horse team

The NCTC stock horse team competed at the American Stock Horse Association’s Collegiate Nationals in Abilene April 19-20. Pictured are, left to right, Collegiate Committee Chairman Joby Priest, Shelby Eberley, Amanda Anderson, Elizabeth MacConnell, Sarah Kate Grider, Kinzee Schull, Kendra Cooley, Coach Bill Kaven and Coach Curt Donley.

ABILENE – The North Central Texas College stock horse team recently competed at the American Stock Horse Association’s Collegiate Nationals in Abilene and came away with a top three finish.

NCTC was named 3rd High Place team. Texas Tech University placed first with 493 points, Texas A&M University was second with 475 and NCTC was third with 376.

A couple of special individual awards were presented to NCTC students. Kelsey Cooley won the Collegiate Trainer Award in the limited division. The award is presented to a rider that owns and trains their own horse. Elizabeth MacConnell won the same award in the novice division.

The duo of MacConnel and Shelby Eberley placed fourth overall in the novice division behind teams from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and New Mexico State. In the limited non-pro division, NCTC’s Kinzee Shull and Kendra Cooley placed third behind teams from Tech and A&M. In the non-pro division, NCTC’s Sarah Kate Grider and Amanda Anderson placed fourth behind Tech, A&M and Sul Ross. In individual competition, Eberley placed seventh for Novice Overall Horse High Point with 261 points. In that same division, Trenton Harris was 15th, MacConnell was 16th and Clint Johnson was 28th.

For Limited Non-Pro Overall Horse High Point, Kelsey Cooley was sixth with 191 points, while Schull was 10th and Kendra Cooley was 12th.

For Non-Pro Overall Horse High Point, Grider placed seventh with 114 points, Melisa Williams was eighth with 107 points and Anderson was 18th.

For more information about the agriculture program at North Central Texas College, contact the school at 940-668-7731.


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