NCTA ranch horse team raises breast cancer awareness at competition
“Punchy in Pink Spring Roundup” was the title chosen by Curtis college students who hosted their first nationally-approved working ranch horse competition.
The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Ranch Horse Team raised money for breast cancer awareness during a March 20-22 show in McCook, Neb.
In their first endeavor with a show sanctioned by the American Stock Horse Association and Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska Stock Horse Association, NCTA students and volunteers hosted riders to the Kiplinger Arena at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.
Collegiate teams, open division riders, youth, and competitors of all ages and abilities competed for prizes, ASHA and CoWN points. Money was raised for Breast Cancer Awareness, said Joanna Hergenreder, NCTA ranch horse team coach and faculty member.
Professional Horse Trainer Jeremy Knoles of Hershey, Nebraska, hosted an all-day cow work and reining clinic on Friday, with Working Cow and Reining classes on Saturday and Trail and Pleasure classes on the third day.
In addition to helping run the show, the NCTA Ranch Horse Team had many members compete. They included Whitney Brown (Non-Pro), Patrick Zochol (Non-Pro), Hanna Christenson (Limited Non-Pro), Drake Johnson (Limited Non-Pro), AJ Pestello (Novice), Makayla Forsythe (Novice), Macey Novotne (Novice), McKenzie Beals (Novice), and Tanner Castaldo (Green Horse Non-Pro).
Les Zadina of Ogallala, Neb., judged the reining, working cow, and pleasure classes. NCTA’s Roy Cole judged the trail class.
The NCTA Team earned second place collegiate team, one point behind first place. Individual results were:
• Whitney Brown of Imperial, Neb., and Two Feathers won the All-Around Collegiate Non-Pro Division. The pair placed 1st in working cow, 1st in trail, 1st in pleasure, and 2nd in reining.
• Pat Zochol of Alliance, Neb., and Hollywood placed 4th All-Around in the Collegiate Non-Pro Divison. They placed 2nd in trail, 3rd in reining, 5th in working cow, and 5th in pleasure.
• Hanna Christenson of Ord, Neb., and Ima Squall placed 6th All-Around in the Collegiate Limited Non-Pro Division. The pair placed 3rd in pleasure, 6th in reining, 6th in working cow, and 10th in trail.
• Drake Johnson of Thurston, Neb., and Smart War placed 8th All-Around in the Collegiate Limited Non-Pro Division. They placed 3rd in reining, 7th in trail, 10th in working cow, and 10th in pleasure.
• AJ Pestello of Breckenridge, Colo., and Strait Delta Cutter placed 2nd All-Around in the Collegiate Novice Division. They placed 1st in trail, 2nd in working cow, 9th in pleasure, and 9th in reining.
• Makayla Forsythe of Garland, Neb., and Four Sieto Gill placed 6th All-Around in the Collegiate Novice Division. They placed 5th in working cow, 5th in reining, 9th in trail, and 10th in pleasure.
• Macey Novotne of Kearney, Neb., and Bandito placed 12th All-Around in the Collegiate Novice Division at her first collegiate show. The pair placed 6th in working cow, 11th in reining, 12th in trail, and 19th in pleasure.
• McKenzie Beals of Alexandria, Neb., and Leos Bobbette Bee placed 18th All-Around in the Collegiate Novice Division. The pair placed 14th in trail, 15th in working cow, 19th in reining, and 20th in pleasure. This was Beal’s first show and aboard a horse she had started working with six days before the show.
• Tanner Castaldo of Beeville, Texas, and Tejas placed 7th All-Around in the Green Horse Non-Pro Division in their first show. They placed 5th in trail, 7th in reining, 7th in pleasure, and 8th in working cow.
Team members Raeanna Jordan, Rebekah Lamberson, and Mariah Stamper were essential to running the show, Hergenreder said. Volunteers included NCTA friends and staff Rio McGinley, Darrian Jones, Matt Dole, Catherine Hauptman, Shelly Wills, and Jennifer McConville. Robin and Brooke Miller ran the show office, processed entries and results.
“Overall, the show was a huge success and will be hosted again next year,” Hergenreder said. “We would like to thank everyone who came to watch, our sponsors and all who contributed to making this show so successful!”
–Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture