NCTC Equine signs Nebraska standout

Diane Stamm, The Wauneta Breeze | Apr 25, 2014



There are hundreds of questions for each soon-to-be high school graduate to answer before picking a college to attend. Big college or small, close to home or far away, offered programs, etc.

When asked why she chose North Central Texas College, Wauneta's Jordyn Doetker, daughter of Jed and DeAnn Doetker, knew her priorities right from the start. "I've always wanted to go down south and be in the center of performance horse country."

Doetker signed her letter-of-intent Monday to attend NCTC in Gainesville, Texas and be a part of the school's ranch horse team.

The ranch horse program includes working cow horse (which is similar to cutting) graining, pleasure and trail events at each show. Doetker has experience in each event, thanks to 4-H and four years of Nebraska High School Rodeo.

NCTC appealed to Doetker thanks to its location in the heart of horse country and because of the ag/equine program. Doetker also said she liked NCTC head coach Bill Kaven and his competitiveness.

"We're very excited that Jordyn has chosen to attend North Central Texas here in Gainesville, Texas, this fall," said Kaven. "We are aware that Jordyn could have chosen any number of equestrian colleges and universities across the nation and are thankful she chose NCTC. She will be a great addition to our equestrian program as well as to our campus and student body. Jordyn's talent and winning attitude is just what we are looking for in a rider to assist our Equestrian Team in its pursuit of a National title."

Doetker remains busy this spring with cutting events which started earlier this spring.

Riding since she was a baby and training with Kenny Smith since she was eight-years-old, Doetker's goals for the high school season is to win the NHSR cutting competition and place in the top 15 at Nationals.

After she gets to Gainesville, Doetker plans on majoring in farm and ranch management with a certificate in equine reproduction.

After college Doetker plans on staying in the ag/equine industry. She wants to get a job in equine reproduction or come home and work on the farm and ranch or work for a horse trainer.

Working with Smith has given Doetker good insight into training.

"Kenny has been a positive influence in her equine career," said DeAnn Doetker.

"When Jordyn started she knew about horses, but not how to ride one. She's progressed from being a novice to being a very good rider," said Smith. Now he says "She knows how to ride and train a horse."

Part of the process Smith teaches is learning how to ride without using hands, an objective for both the horse and rider, adding, "Better horse, better rider, better kid. There's a lot of discipline, that's the great thing about this."

In her senior year at Chase County High School, Doetker recently received her State FFA degree and is currently ranked second in the state in cutting.


Jordyn Doetker signed recently with North Central Texas College to compete on the school's ranch horse team. Pictured are (l to r) Kenny Smith, Jordyn, DeAnn and Jed Doetker.