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Ranch horse team prepares for Texas

The Laramie County Community College ranch horse team captures the spirit of the American West and is oriented toward those who wish to live it.

The team consists of nine individuals, who practice twice a week, three hours each night this semester, in preparation for ranch and stock shows.

Unlike many of the other sports teams at LCCC, the ranch horse team practices and competes all school year. Members use their own horses and work with them daily. Moreover, the current members are majoring in agriculture in one way or another.

For each event in which the team performs, Coach Wayne Miller is allowed to pick only two people to be the point carriers in each division for the team. Although not everyone on the team can compete for points, everyone has the chance to be a part of the competitions.

Currently, the team is preparing for the Collegian Ranch Horse Show in Abilene, Texas, which will take place at the end of February. The competitions lead to the Collegian Championship in Amarillo, Texas, in April.

“It is almost a practice round for the main event of the year,” he said. Miller said he is very pleased so far and believed there was no aspect on which the team must focus more intensively.

So far this year, the team, which has lost a few members to start the new semester, has done well. Earlier in the year, the team competed in the Colorado State Fair and saw each of the point carriers place in the Top 10 of their divisions. The fair was then followed by the Bridgeville, Colo., event, in which Sami Joe Heitsch finished first in the novice division and Jordan Sterkel finished first in the non-pro division.

Beyond the shows in which the competitors participate, the team also helped run different events. Recently in January, the team helped with the Denver National Western Stock Show. The members worked with the cattle and ran the gates. A few were even able to be ring stewards.

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