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A Royal victory: Students place at American Royal

September 27, 2013


A Stephens College sophomore picked up a big win at the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City this past weekend.

Shelby McCoy won the large Open Adult Western Equitation showing Radical Rendezvous.  With 21 riders, it was a competitive class of advanced riders, equestrian instructor Karen Craighead said.

“It was a huge win,” she said. “We’re proud of Shelby and all of our students’ accomplishments this past weekend.”

The American Royal Horse Show is one of the largest, most prestigious events in the Midwest. It opened earlier this month and continues through November and features livestock exhibitions, professional rodeos and barbecue contests alongside the horse shows.

The show hosted more than 1,200 entries this past weekend with classes running to nearly midnight on Saturday, Craighead said.

McCoy wasn’t the only Stephens equestrian student earning accolades at the event. Junior Candis Miner placed 3rd in Novice Adult Western Horsemanship showing Sheiks Artifact (also known as Arthur), and Kyla Szemplinski showed Private Timin, or Tarzan, to a 4th in Novice Adult Western Horsemanship and a 5th in Novice Adult Western Pleasure.

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