The North Central Texas College Stock Horse Team wrapped up three days of competition at the Western Horseman Stock Horse World Show Oct. 26-28, where they took home the World Champion title.
The show had more than 2,300 entries over three days, with exhibitors as far away as Wyoming, Missouri and Arkansas making the trip to Abilene, according to a press release from the college.
A total of $27,600 was paid out and more than $36,000 in prizes were presented at the exhibitor awards party.
In Division 1 Collegiate Competition, NCTC placed first over Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University, who placed second and third, respectively. The NCTC stock horse team is coached by NRHA World Champion and AQHA Professional Horseman Cathy Luse of Whitesboro.
“The World Show gives exhibitors the chance to compete on a big stage and show how versatile their horses are by competing in Reining, Working Cow, Trail and Pleasure events all within a matter of minutes,” Luse said in the release.
Stock Horse of Texas offers several divisions based on skill level, which allows riders of all abilities to find a place to ride with their peers, according to the release.
World Champions were crowned in every division. In addition to individual competition, collegiate team world champions were also crowned.
Several riders on NCTC’s Stock Horse Team were also recognized. Freshman Josh Briggs, from Pilot Point, won the Non-Pro Division High Point World Championship. Sophomore Reece Rosenaur, from Burleson, was Non-Pro Division Reserve High Point World Champion.
Sophomore Rieta Dufurrena, from Gainesville, won Limited Non-Pro Division Reserve World Champion. Sophomore Gillean Nixon, from Whitesboro, placed fifth in World in the Limited Non-Pro Division.
Rounding out the top 20 rankings in the large, competitive Limited Non-Pro Divisions were NCTC riders Allison Smith, Benbrook, and Morgan Merritt, of Jay, Florida.
Lastly, sophomore Sawyer Sanders, of Muenster, finished Reserve World Champion in the Novice Division and sophomore Monty Sperry, of Slapout, Oklahoma, finished fourth in Novice All-Around Division.