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MTSU stock horse team lassos second place in natio...

MTSU stock horse team lassos second place in national event

MTSU’s Stock Horse Team was named reserve national champion — a second-place showing — at the American Stock Horse Association’s collegiate championship show in Sweetwater, Texas, this spring.

The win follows MTSU’s victory at the Division II national championship in 2016.

MTSU rider Delaney Rostad performs a sliding stop aboard Peppy, a State University of New York-Oswego horse provided for the competition at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. (Submitted photo by Mark King

MTSU rider Delaney Rostad performs a sliding stop aboard Peppy, a State University of New York-Oswego horse provided for a regional American Stock Horse Association collegiate competition at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Rostad placed in the national top 10 at the Texas competition. (Submitted file photo)

The National Collegiate Championship brings together collegiate and individual riders from across the country to present their versatile stock horse. A stock horse is well suited for working with livestock, particularly cattle.

Two students, recent May graduate Delaney Rostad of Maryville, Tennessee, and junior Luke Brock of Franklin, Tennessee, finished in the top 10 in the nation in their respective nonprofessional and novice divisions.

“I felt good about how they performed,” Dr. Holly Spooner, associate professor in MTSU’s Horse Science Program, said of the overall team effort. The program, part of the university’s School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, is based in the Horse Science Center on North Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.

MTSU horse science coach Holly Spooner

Dr. Holly Spooner

The team competes in working cow horse, reining, ranch pleasure and ranch trail, Spooner said.

In addition to Rostad and Brock, other team members include Rachel Hutton, a graduate student from Knoxville, Tennessee; Seneca Sugg, a grad student from Memphis, Tennessee; sophomore Jessica Starling of Cleveland, Tennessee; and senior Trevor Higgins of McMinnville, Tennessee.

In more good news for the program, seven horse science student research abstracts also have been accepted for the Equine Science Society Symposium, which is being held May 30 through June 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Spooner said all of the MTSU students, who have been conducting graduate thesis work, will attend and plan to participate, via either a poster or an oral presentation.

The professor has earned acclaim as well; she’s received the 2017 Equine Science Society Symposium Josie Coverdale Award for Outstanding Young Professionals. The award is presented to an equine professional under the age of 40 who’s made meritorious contributions to equine science in teaching, research, public service or industry.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Members of MTSU's Stock Horse Team pose for a group photo after their Division II reserve win at the American Stock Horse Association's National Collegiate Championships in Sweetwater, Texas. From left to right are Trevor Higgins of McMinnville, Tennessee; Rachel Hutton of Knoxville, Tennessee; Delaney Rostad of Maryville, Tennessee; Luke Brock of Franklin, Tennessee; Jessica Starling of Cleveland, Tennessee; and Seneca Sugg of Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo courtesy of the American Stock Horse Association)

Members of MTSU’s Stock Horse Team pose for a group photo after their Division II reserve win at the American Stock Horse Association’s National Collegiate Championships in Sweetwater, Texas. From left to right are Trevor Higgins of McMinnville, Tennessee; Rachel Hutton of Knoxville, Tennessee; Delaney Rostad of Maryville, Tennessee; Luke Brock of Franklin, Tennessee; Jessica Starling of Cleveland, Tennessee; and Seneca Sugg of Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo courtesy of the American Stock Horse Association)


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