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MTSU Stock Horse Team Brings Home ASHA National Titles


JoBeth Scarlett riding Dontspookwithmyjac – photo by Abbey Bratcher

JordanDillenbeckriding BC Pennys From Tari – photo by High Cotton Promotions

Lindsay Gilleland riding Dontspoonwithmyjac – photo by Andrea Rego

Louann Braunwalder riding Twentyeleventwister – photo by Gary Cox

Rachel Petree riding Hay Now Sunshine – photo by Andrea Rego

Taylor Meek riding DunnitsSmokin –photo by Caitlin Russell

On April 13, 2021 the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Stock Horse Team hauled five horses and six students to Sweetwater, Texas to compete at the American Stock Horse Association Collegiate and National Show. Six MTSU students and horses competed collegiately and nationally under the guidance of coach and MTSU Horse Science Faculty, Andrea Rego. Students competed in cow horse, pleasure, reining, and trail events. The raiders earned five individual national and reserve national champion titles.The team placed fourth overall in a competitive division II.  “They’ve worked hard for this since 2019 and after a 2020 spring season of cancellations, they were driven to meet their goals. I am so proud of how well they represented MTSU at this national event,” said Andrea Rego.

Team Members:
·Lindsay Gilleland, Senior from Powder Springs, GA (Horse Science Major)
·Taylor Meek, Junior from Murfreesboro, TN (Horse Science Major)
·JoBeth Scarlett, Sophomore from New Market, TN (Animal Science Major)
·Jordan Dillenbeck, Junior from Murfreesboro, TN (Horse Science Major)
·Rachel Petree, Junior from Maynardville, TN (Horse Science Major)
·Louann Braunwalder, Freshman from Lascassas, TN (Fermentation Science Major)

“The key difference between the ASHA limited non-pro and the novice divisions are the degree of difficulty in the trail and cowhorse classes. Novice riders have more limited showing experience, therefore they perform a dry work pattern and box the cow for 60 seconds. Limited non-pro riders must box, drive down the fence, and box on the other end of the arena. Limited non-pro riders also must perform a log drag in the trail class. For most students, they have limited experience showing in ranch horse events prior to joining the MTSU team,” said coach Rego.

ASHA National Show Results:
Team member Taylor Meek was awarded the Sumrall Sportsmanship Award. This was chosen by the national show officials and coaches and awarded to a college rider who exemplified the character of late Brian Sumrall, a influential stock horse clinician, judge, and executive committee member of ASHA since its inception.
National Champion, Limited Non-Pro: Taylor Meek & Dunnits Smokin
National Res Champion Ltd Non-Pro Pleasure
Collegiate Ltd Non-Pro Trail Champion
3rd Overall Collegiate Ltd Non-Pro rider
National Champion, Novice: Jo Beth Scarlett & Dontjacwithmyspook
National Novice Trail, Reining, and Cowhorse Class Champion
National Champion, Youth 14-18: Louann Braunwalder & Twentyeleventwister
National Youth Pleasure & Reining Champion
National Reserve Champion, Non-Pro: Lindsay Gilleland & Dontjacwithmyspook
National Non-Pro Trail & Pleasure Champion
Collegiate Ltd Non-Pro Res. Champion Cowhorse
6th all-around Collegiate Ltd Non-Pro rider
National Reserve Champion, Novice: Jordan Dillenbeck & BC Pennys From Tari
National Novice Pleasure Champion
National Novice Res. Champ Cowhorse
4th overall in Nation, Novice: Rachel Petree & Hay Now Sunshine
3rd in Nation Novice Cow
5th in Nation Novice Trail
6th in Nation Collegiate Novice Pleasure + Trail
The MTSU Stock Horse team would like to thank their sponsors: Purina, Norfleet Marketing and Photography, DC Cowhorse Gear, and Leslie Jones Farrier. The team also appreciates Mr. Neal Agee of Hurricane Creek Ranch for lending his cattle for practices. The team would also like to thank the Tennessee Stock Horse association and professionals Stephen Freeman, Lucas Ayers, Ben Baldus, and Sandy Collier for their taking their time to assist in teaching the students in the 2020-2021 academic year.
PHOTOS (Attached with rider name)
Photo credits (Team Picture – High Cotton Promotions)
Left to right: Rachel Petree, Lindsay Gilleland, LouannBraunwalder, Taylor Meek, JoBeth Scarlett, Jordan Dillenbeck

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