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Tarleton State UniversityTarleton’s Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) team is building their reputation as tough competitors in the collegiate and non-pro divisions.

Tarleton’s success grows in another arena

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS—Bringing home national championships is second nature to
Tarleton State University’s rodeo teams, but another equine-related team on
campus is also making a name for itself in the competitive arena.

Tarleton’s Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) team is building their reputation as
tough competitors in the collegiate and non-pro divisions.

The team recently returned from competing in Abilene on March 5-7, where
they finished fourth in the collegiate division. Other universities in
attendance included Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston
State University, Stephen F. Austin University, West Texas A&M University,
Clarendon Community College, New Mexico State University and Laramie County
Community College.

In addition to competing on a team, SHOT team members competed against
almost 200 other entries for placings in the competition.

Individually for the team, Nicole Kneal from Tomball, Texas, finished second
in the novice all-around, third in working cow horse, second in trail, 12th
in pleasure and 13th in reining on her horse Doc Hickory Dickory. Also in
the novice division, Stephanie Dickson from Bells, Texas, finished 10th in
pleasure on a horse her parents bred and she trained.

In the limited non-pro division, Laura Pearson from Arlington, Texas,
finished 10th in the working cow horse on her house TSU Highbrow Sonita.
Pearson purchased the Tarleton-bred horse through the university’s annual
horse sale and has trained the gelding.

Prior to the Abilene show, the SHOT team competed at an even in Stephenville
at the Lone Star Arena. There, Pearson won the all-around in the limited
non-pro division. Also in the non-pro, Brandy Brown from Austin, Texas, was
fifth in the all-around on Docs Dakota Sunrise.

While many universities own the horses their SHOT team members ride, all of
Tarleton’s team members compete on their own horses.

Teams are able to enter two riders in the non-pro, limited non-pro and
novice divisions. Tarleton SHOT team members select riders who will compete
on the team, but all are eligible to compete in each competition. Those
competing on the team must meet eligibility requirements such as minimum
enrollment, grade-point average and be in good standing with their

Next up for the team is a show in Nacogdoches, Texas, on March 13. This is
an all-collegiate competition. Afterward, the team will head to Austin for
an invitational event on March 15.

The team will spend spring break showing in Cheyenne, Wyo., on March 19-20.
They will wrap up the season in Lubbock, Texas, for the college finals on
April 24-25.

The American Stock Horse Association was chartered as a non-profit
organization in 2008. It is dedicated to enhancing the pleasure of owning
and riding horses through creating better horses and horsemen. The
association’s mission is simple: help people ride a better horse.

Included in photo: Back Row (Left to Right): Chris Gosnel, Ben Tyner, Taylor
Moore, Tanner Rush, Amy Wright, Nichole Kneale, Karey McPhee
Front Row (Left to Right): Casey James Spann, Tia Johnson (SHOT team
treasurer), Renee Loring, Stephanie Dickson (SHOT team secretary), Jaycee
Thompson, Tatum Willard (SHOT team president), Jeri Goodale, Brandy Brown,
Jacklyn Jones, Laura Pearson (SHOT team vice-president)
Not in Pic: Ashley Cotton, Brendan Garrison, Emily Willis, Megan Lasater,
Teresa Torchia

Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System since 1917