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MTSU Raiders ride home with top individual honors at stock horse nationals

MTSU 2021 ASHA National Show participants Rachel Petree, left, Lindsay Gilleland, Louann Braunwalder, Taylor Meek, JoBeth Scarlett and Jordan Dillenbeck pose with the individual awards they received during the competition held April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. The Blue Raiders finished fourth overall after winning the 2019 Division 2 event. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

They were the new kids in the saddle, but coach Andrea Rego and the determined riders of the 2021 MTSU stock horse team rode into the Sweetwater, Texas, outdoor coliseum ready to defend their American Stock Horse Association National Show Division 2 championship with a well-executed plan of preparation and mental skills training.

“We had a whole new team, so we had expectations to compete and represent MTSU as best as we could and get them (riders) to have correct and clean runs (in the various categories),” Rego said.

Riding Dontjacwithmyspook Lindsay Gilleland, a senior horse science major from Powder Springs, Ga., earned ASHA National Non-Pro Trail & Pleasure Champion, Collegiate Limited Reserve Champion Cow horse and sixth all-round Collegiate Limited Non-Pro honors. The competition was held April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

Riding Dontjacwithmyspook Lindsay Gilleland, a senior horse science major from Powder Springs, Ga., earned ASHA National Non-Pro Trail & Pleasure Champion, Collegiate Limited Reserve Champion Cow horse and sixth all-round Collegiate Limited Non-Pro honors. The competition was held April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

MTSU, the 2019 champion,  finished fourth overall — behind champion North Central Texas College, runner-up Missouri State University and third-place University of Arkansas — and collected five individual national and reserve (runner-up) awards at the end of the two-day outdoor competition held April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum. MTSU also earned the 2016 championship.

Andrea Rego, MTSU stock horse team coach

Andrea Rego

Student riders and their horses competed in cow horse, reining and trail events. In cow horse, the rider is tasked to work a live cow, performing specific maneuvers requiring skill, coordination and timing.

“The team focused a lot on mental skills training and incorporating confidence and accuracy in the practice pen, so that it reflected in their performances,” said Rego, who learned recently she has been named the MTSU Student Organizations Adviser of the Year.

“I noticed more precise and assertive showing from our preparations,” she added. “I’m very pleased with the team members’ support of one another. I think the obstacles they’ve been through over the last year have set them up to appreciate every opportunity they can get to show and make it count.”

The 2020 event was canceled because of COVID-19. This year, the ASHA followed current Texas, Nolan County and coliseum safety protocols for outdoor events, the association’s Stacy Jo Hartley said.

MTSU team members include:

  • Lindsay Gilleland, a senior horse science major from Powder Springs, Georgia.
  • Taylor Meek, a junior horse science major from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • JoBeth Scarlett, a sophomore animal science major from New Market, Tennessee.
  • Jordan Dillenbeck, a junior horse science major from Murfreesboro.
  • Rachel Petree, a junior horse science major from Maynardville, Tennessee.
  • Louann Braunwalder, a freshman fermentation science major from Lascassas, Tennessee.
    At this year’s ASHA National Show, MTSU’s Taylor Meek was awarded the Sumrall Sportsmanship Award by event officials April 16-17 in Sweetwater, Texas. Riding Dunnits Smokin, the junior horse science major from Murfreesboro, Tenn., also was reserve champion, Collegiate Trail Champion and third overall Collegiate rider in the National Champion, Limited Non-Pro division.(Submitted photo by Caitlin Russell)

    At this year’s ASHA National Show, MTSU’s Taylor Meek was awarded the Sumrall Sportsmanship Award by event officials April 16-17 in Sweetwater, Texas. Riding Dunnits Smokin, the junior horse science major from Murfreesboro, Tenn., also was reserve champion, Collegiate Trail Champion and third overall Collegiate rider in the National Champion, Limited Non-Pro division.(Submitted photo by Caitlin Russell)

Individual honors

Meek was awarded the Sumrall Sportsmanship Award by national show officials and coaches, who chose a rider who exemplified the character of the late Brian Sumrall, an influential stock horse clinician, judge and ASHA executive committee member since its inception.

Riding Dunnits Smokin, Meek earned reserve champion, Collegiate Trail Champion and third overall Collegiate rider in the National Champion, Limited Non-Pro division.

Scarlett rode Dontjacwithmyspook to the National Novice Trail, Reining and Cow Horse Class championship in the National Champion, Novice division.

Braunwalder, riding Twentyeventwister, earned the National Youth Pleasure & Reining Championship in the National Champion, Youth 14-18 division.

MTSU 2021 ASHA National Show participants Rachel Petree, left, Lindsay Gilleland, Louann Braunwalder, Taylor Meek, JoBeth Scarlett and Jordan Dillenbeck pose with the individual awards they received during the competition held April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. The Blue Raiders finished fourth overall after winning the 2019 Division 2 event. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

MTSU 2021 ASHA National Show participants Rachel Petree, left, Lindsay Gilleland, Louann Braunwalder, Taylor Meek, JoBeth Scarlett and Jordan Dillenbeck pose with the individual awards they received during the competition held April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. The Blue Raiders finished fourth overall after winning the 2019 Division 2 event. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

In the National Reserve Champion, Non-Pro division, Gilleland, riding Dontjacwithmyspook, was the National Non-Pro Trail & Pleasure Champion; Collegiate Limited Reserve Champion Cow Horse; and sixth all-round Collegiate Limited Non-Pro rider.

Riding BC Pennys From Tari, Dillenbeck finished as National Novice Pleasure Champion and National Novice Reserve Champion Cow Horse in the National Reserve Champion, Novice division.

Petree, riding Hay Now Sunshine, placed third in Nation Novice Cow, fifth in Nation Novice Trail and sixth in Nation Collegiate Novice Pleasure + Trail — ranking fourth overall in Nation, Novice.

“The key difference between the ASHA limited non-pro and the novice divisions is the degree of difficulty in the trail and cowhorse classes,” Rego said. “… For most students, they have limited experience showing in ranch horse events prior to joining the MTSU team.”

Louann Braunwalder, a freshman fermentation science major from Lascassas, Tenn., rode Twentyeventwister to the ASHA National Youth Pleasure & Reining Championship in the National Champion, Youth 14-18 division April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by Gary Cox)

Louann Braunwalder, a freshman fermentation science major from Lascassas, Tenn., rode Twentyeventwister to the ASHA National Youth Pleasure & Reining Championship in the National Champion, Youth 14-18 division April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by Gary Cox)

Recognizing outside support

Rego acknowledged the team sponsors — Purina, Norfleet Marketing and Photography, DC Cow Horse Gear and Leslie Jones Farrier — and Neal Agee of Hurricane Creek Ranch for lending cattle for practices.

She also recognized the Tennessee Stock Horse Association and professionals Stephen Freeman, Lucas Ayers, Ben Baldus and Sandy Collier “for taking time to assist in teaching the students during the academic year.”

—Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

JoBeth Scarlett, a sophomore animal science major from New Market, Tenn., rode Dontjacwithmyspook to the ASHA National Novice Trail, Reining and Cow horse Class championship in the National Champion, Novice division April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by Abbey Bratcher)

JoBeth Scarlett, a sophomore animal science major from New Market, Tenn., rode Dontjacwithmyspook to the ASHA National Novice Trail, Reining and Cow horse Class championship in the National Champion, Novice division April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by Abbey Bratcher)

Riding BC Pennys From Tari, Jordan Dillenbeck, a junior horse science major from Murfreesboro, Tenn., finished as National Novice Pleasure Champion and National Novice Reserve Champion Cow Horse in the National Reserve Champion, Novice division at the 2021 ASHA National Show April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

Riding BC Pennys From Tari, Jordan Dillenbeck, a junior horse science major from Murfreesboro, Tenn., finished as National Novice Pleasure Champion and National Novice Reserve Champion Cow Horse in the National Reserve Champion, Novice division at the 2021 ASHA National Show April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by High Cotton Promotions)

Rachel Petree, a junior horse science major from Maynardville, Tenn., rode Hay Now Sunshine to third place in Novice Cow, fifth place in ASHA Nation Novice Trail and sixth in Nation Collegiate Novice Pleasure + Trail — ranking fourth overall in Nation, Novice, April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by Andrea Rego)

Rachel Petree, a junior horse science major from Maynardville, Tenn., rode Hay Now Sunshine to third place in Novice Cow, fifth place in ASHA Nation Novice Trail and sixth in Nation Collegiate Novice Pleasure + Trail — ranking fourth overall in Nation, Novice, April 16-17 in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas. (Submitted photo by Andrea Rego)

 


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