NCTC Intercollegiate Horse Show Team competes in first spring show

Elizabeth F. Abu | Feb 13, 2019

The NCTC Intercollegiate Horse Show Team finished as Reserve Champion High Point Team at their first show of the Spring Semester, at Texas Tech.

Several team members received individual awards in the first show, including Co-Team Captain Cailyn Simonis, who won in Reining, was 2ndin the Open Horsemanship Classes and claimed the High Point Rider Championship.

Co-Team Captain Allison Smith earned 5thin Reining and 2ndin Open Horsemanship Classes. Eleanor Smith was 2ndin the Novice Division, Morgan Merritt placed 5thin the Advanced Division, Robert Allison finished 5thin the Intermediate II Division, and Chloe Linn was 3rdin the Beginner Division.

The second show boasted just as many individual awards, including Simonis finishing 1stin Reining and 2ndin Horsemanship. Smith finished 2ndin Reining and 1stin Open Horsemanship Classes. The two co-captains tied for the High Point Rider Championship.

Eleanor Smith was 4thin the Novice Division, Morgan Merritt came in 6thin the Advanced Division, Robert Allison was 3rdin the Intermediate II Division, Alexandra Thomas was 5thin the Intermediate I Division, and Regan Frazier finished 4thin the Beginner Division.

The Team topped off the Horse Show at Reserve Champion High Point Team.

The next horse show for the show team is February 22 and 23, followed by the Regional Championships on February 24 in Canyon. 

Team members, Robert Allison and Ruby Allen are qualified for the Regional Championships already. 

“We have a couple more riders closing in on their Regional Championship qualifications and hope to do so at the upcoming horse shows,” said NCTC Coach Cathy Luse.  

To qualify for the Regional Championships, riders must earn 36 points in their divisions during the year. The top 2 riders at the Regional Championships will then move on to the semi-finals, vying for a chance to compete at the National Championships held later in the Semester in Syracuse, NY.

 

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The NCTC Intercollegiate Horse Show Team finished as Reserve Champion High Point Team at their first show of the spring semester at Texas Tech. Pictured left to right on the bottom row: Eleanor Smith, Allison Smith (Captain), and Reagan Frazier. Top row: Cailyn Simonis (Captain), Chloe Linn, Morgan Merritt, Robert Allison, Samantha Lane, and Alexandra Thomas.