Stock Horse Team wins reserve national championship

ABILENE – The Texas A&M Stock Horse Team won the reserve championship title at the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) Collegiate World Championship held Oct. 30 in Abilene.


Front left, Anissa Cervera, Ellen Black, Morgan Merino and Rachel Sembera. Back left, Assistant coach Paige Linne, Haley Birkenfeld, Kylie Reis, Kyla Kalinowski, Lane Birkenfeld, Madison Crum, Sarah Savage, Coach Michelle Glover, and Kim Lindsey, executive director of SHOT.

Team members are Haley Birkenfeld, an education major from Nazareth; Lane Birkenfeld, an accounting major from Nazareth; Kylie Reis, a biomedical science major from Oxford, Mich.; Sarah Savage, an animal science and agricultural economics major from Marble Falls; and Morgan Merino, from Georgetown, Rachel Sembera, from Tomball, Kyla Kalinowski, from Seguin, Madison Crum, from Millington, Tenn., Ellen Black, from Plano, and Anissa Cervera, from San Antonio, all animal science majors.

The team is coached by animal science graduate students Michelle Glover and assistant coach Paige Linne.

“I am extremely pleased with the team and their performance over the past three shows. Every rider has grown in their showing ability and as a team member,” Glover said.

Earning individual recognition was Kalinowski, who won seventh place non pro all around, and Merino, who won seventh limited non pro all around.

Texas Tech University won the overall championship with West Texas A&M placing third overall, out of the seven teams that competed.

“Overall, the Texas A&M Stock Horse Team had a strong season,” Glover said. Texas A&M won the championship title at the SHOT Show in Stephenville on Oct. 10 and reserve champion in Bryan on Sept. 26.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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