College equestrians set goal of NCHA status
The first executive director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association has a lofty mandate from the board of directors.
Maggie Bellville of Atlanta has been at work since Feb. 20, after a search that started last year.
Bellville rode on the Binghamton University equestrian team and has had approximately 30 years in the communications industry from part-time in an ATT phone center store to vice president of operations for Cox Communications.
The NCEA currently has 23 members and Bellville has set a goal of 40 members. Texas schools currently in the association are Rice University, Sam Houston State University, West Texas AM University, Texas Tech University, North Central Texas College, Texas State University and Trinity University.
Other Texas schools belong to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. They are Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and Texas AM University.
The difference is Title IX compliance. NCEA schools are under Title IX and the IHSA schools are on their own fundraising efforts.
For information about college equestrians, Google NCEA or IHSA.
Professional Roughstock Series
Bareback, saddle bronc and bull riders from the 12-series Professional Roughstock Series will be in Abilene Saturday. The association has attracted some of the top rough stock riders in rodeo for their first three events.
Leaders are bareback rider Kaycee Feild with $7,012, Jesse Wright in Saddle Bronc with $16,229 and Seth Glause with $8,706. They rank fourth, sixth and ninth on the current Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings list. Further information can be found at professionalroughstock.com.
Performance will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, and has a payout of $5,000 per event. Each of the three events have 12 contestants.
Brazile watch, Shada wins barrel event
Trevor Brazile and wife Shada both won their events at the San Patricio County Pro Rodeo in Sinton. Shada scored 17.32 seconds in barrel racing. Trevor won the three head steer roping 36.6 seconds.
Kirchenschlager cousins win ‘Angelo team roping
Champions from the San Angelo rodeo that ended March 25 are:
Olin Hannum of Malad, Idaho, won the steer wrestling with an arena record of 3.2 seconds in the finals. He had a collective combined time of 15.1 seconds.
Team Roping cousins Tate and Dakota Kirchenschlager had a finals time of 4.8 seconds to win. Tate is formerly from Colorado now living in DeLeon and Dakota is a frequent Abilene roper who lives in Stephenville.
Others were Wes Stevenson of Lubbock in bareback riding; Wade Sundell of Bonney in saddle bronc riding; Cory Solomon of Prairie View won the tie-down roping; barrel racing champion was Britany Pozzi of Victoria and Nevada Newman won the bull riding.
The reported economic impact of San Angelo’s rodeo from lodging, food and fuel was $4.2 million, according to Pamela Miller, vice president of the San Angelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
San Antonio Rodeo champions
Winners reported from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo were: Bareback riding, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., $17,030; Steer wrestling — Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif., $17,112; Team roping header — Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., $19,323; Team roping heeler — Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla., $19,323; Saddle bronc riding — Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo., $19,077; Tie-down roping — Justin Maass, Giddings, $17,358; Barrel racing — Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., $18,340; Bull riding — Cody Teel, Kountze, $16,375.
Send information about your event or organization to Horse Column, Abilene Reporter-News, P.O. Box 30, Abilene TX 79604, fax to 325-670-5242 or send an email to .
Today — Big Country Quarter Horse Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene
Monday-Saturday — Cattlemen’s Cutting, Young County Coliseum, Graham
March 9-10 — George Strait Team Roping, San Antonio Rose Palace, Boerne
Saturday — Seniors Team Roping Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene
March 17 — Dist. 9, National Barrel Horse Association, Taylor County Expo Center Horse Barn, Abilene
March 17-18 — Dist. 2, Original Team Roping Association, Taylor County Expo Center Covered Outdoor Arena, Abilene