NCTC Equine teams start season strong

Elizabeth F. Abu | Oct 25, 2018

The 2018-2019 NCTC Stock Horse Team came out riding strong on their first outing as a team in Bryan, Texas at the Stock Horse of Texas Association's first Collegiate Competition of the year. After a long-fought battle with Texas Tech, NCTC settled for Reserve Champion Division I Team.

Individual rider highlights included Sophomore Sawyer Sanders capturing the Reserve High Point Novice Division Champion All-Around Rider. Monty Sperry, Sophomore, came in 6th in the Novice All-Around.  NCTC dominated the Reining Class in the Novice division by sewing up the top 3 spots. 

In the Limited Non-Pro Division, NCTC Sophomore Gillean Nixon and her new horse demonstrated consistency by placing in the top ten of all events (reining, cow horse, pleasure and trail) finishing out 7th in the Limited Non-Pro All Around out of 35 participants.

Returning Sophomores, Reece Rosenaur and Rieta Dufurrena competed well in the Non-Pro Division.  Reece finished in the top 5 in the Non-Pro All-Around by placing 2nd in the Reining. Rieta followed suit finishing 3rd in the reining and winning the pleasure class.

 “I was very pleased with the Stock Horse Team's performance so early in the semester,” said NCTC Equine Coach Cathy Luse. “We are still playing with the dynamics of the team, we have strong returning individuals and several new riders who are gathering experience. It is very exciting to see this team's potential!”

The NCTC IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Show Team hosted the first show of the 2018-2019 season. It was a record show with over 8 Colleges in the Zone competing, totaling just over 100 entries for the host school to organize and compete against. The NCTC Show team finished the show as Reserve High Point Champion Team behind the power house West Texas A&M team.

Several team members individually represented NCTC well. Open Riders, Rieta Dufurrena and Gillean Nixon dominated the Open Reining by securing first and second placings. Allison Smith had an all-time best with a second in the Open Horsemanship. Open Rider, Cailyn Simonis was fourth and fifth in Reining.

Robert Allison placed second in the Intermediate II Class and secured his qualification for IHSA Regionals.

NCTC Sophomore Ruby Allen, was first and second in the Beginner Division, Sophomore Reagan Schnell won Show 1 in the Novice class and Sophomore Elizabeth Spurgers, was second and third in the Beginner Class. NCTC, Freshmen, Reagan Frazier, won first and fourth in the Beginner Class, Eleanor Smith placed third and fourth in her first appearance in the Novice Class, Lexie Thomas earned second and fifth in her first show, Samantha Lane, third and fifth, and Morgan Merritt, fourth and 6th in Advanced Classes.

“The NCTC Show Team has grown in numbers over the last year and the quality of riders is outstanding, proven by the fact that everyone on the team garnered top placings out of the large, tough competition,” said Coach Luse. “Being the host college of the first show of the year, NCTC was able to show off the many facility improvements and the high-quality athletes (both Horses and Riders) of the program receiving lots of compliments.  The Show Team is proud of its accomplishments for being the only Jr. College to compete against all major universities in the Zone 7 Region 2.” 

Another outstanding reflection of the NCTC Equine Program, three out of the four most prestigious Intercollegiate Horse Show Association's Individual Rider awards presented were won by NCTC Students either presently attending or past who transferred on to other universities.

“Congratulations go to NCTC Sophomore, Reita Dufurrena, Reserve High Point Open Rider and NCTC Alumni, Hannah Penny, High Point Open Rider and Arianne Cox, High Point Rider,” said Luse.