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The NCTA Equestrian Team rides to success

The NCTA Ranch Horse Team is the newest edition to the college's Equestrian program. Team members include: Sam Mousel of Arnold, Dylan Ruppert of McCook, and Candace Thompson of Minden.

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Curtis, Neb. – The NCTA Equestrian Team’s Western Horsemen met with success at four shows during the fall season. On Saturday, October 11, 2008, the students participated in the UNL Intercollegiate Horse Show with nine other colleges and universities. A total of 110 contestants were present; nine of those were NCTA students. They competed in two shows that day.

Intercollegiate Horse Shows are interesting and a little different. The host college provides all the horses and tack. Participating students draw for horses they have never seen, have no warm-up time, and then show the horses “cold turkey.” This type of show requires students to learn and use a variety of horsemanship skills for a successful show.

At the UNL show, NCTA student Dakota Adler of Hazel, S.D., won 1st and 3rd in Intermediate I Western Horsemanship, later trading the lead with teammate Shana McKeown who collected 5th and then 1st place in that section. Courtney Urbanec of Pender, added to the team winnings with a 4th in the intermediate section. Jena Earl of Omaha, secured 2nd and 3rd in the beginner section, and teammate Abbey Busking of Norman, Okal., acquired 5th and 2nd place in the same category. Ashley Wirges of Madrid, gathered 3rd and 6th places in the beginner section. Kim Anderson of Loomis, gained a 6th place in the novice section followed by Anna Neff of Curtis, who earned 7th in Novice Western Horsemanship.

Erika Ringle of Fremont, attended the show as a student assistant and helped the team with multiple activities, including drawing for teammates horses, locating, evaluating, and advising teammates on the horses drawn, helping adjust tack and show clothes, and providing the team with enthusiasm and encouragement after rides. Erika helped her teammates bring home 13 individual placings. She will be representing the team in the open division during the spring show season.

The third and fourth shows the NCTA Equestrian Team participated in were put on by the Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo., Nov. 8th and 9th. NCTA took 7 of the 130 athletes that participated in the show. Kim Anderson garnered two 5th placings in Novice Western Horsemanship. Ashley Wirges won 4th and 3rd places in Beginner Western Horsemanship while teammate Jena Earl took 7th and 4th place in the beginner section. In Intermediate I Western Horsemanship, Shana McKeown won 3rd and 4th place while Courtney Urbanec received two 6th places in Intermediate II Western Horsemanship.

Dakota Adler came out of the competition with a 5th and 1st place in Intermediate I Western Horsemanship, which put her point total at 20 points for the year. This pushed her into the Intermediate II category for competitions. When she accumulates 35 total points, she will qualify for Regionals and have a chance to go to the national competition. Dakota will have her next chance to earn those points during the spring show season, which kicks off at NCTA on Feb. 14 and 15, 2009.

The NCTA Ranch Horse Team recently competed in the Stock Horse of Wyoming Ranch Horse Show. This show was a qualifying show for the American Stock Horse Association Collegiate National Finals, which will be held in Lubbock, Texas, in April.

NCTA riders Dylan Ruppert of McCook, (pictured middle) Sam Mousel of Arnold, (pictured left) and Candance Thompson of Minden, proved to be tough competition for the 60 other riders competing for slots in the national finals. Ruppert finished 8th in the All-Around, and garnered a 4th in Open Cow Horse, 4th in Open Reining, 9th in Open Trail, and 10th in Open Ranch Riding. Mousel came home with a 7th in the All-Around and finished 1st in Novice Cow Horse, 8th in Novice Trail, 10th in Novice Reining, and 10th in Novice Ranch Riding. Thompson led the team with an outstanding 4th place medal in the All-Around, a 1st place finish in Novice Trail, 2nd in Novice Cow Horse, 8th in Novice Ranch Riding, and 10th in Novice Reining. All three riders qualified for spots in the American Stock Horse Association Finals.

For more information concerning the NCTA Equestrian teams, contact Judy Bowmaster at (800) 3CURTIS.


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