Potomac State’s Equine Program Has Successful Show Season

Jazzy

The College recently made an impressive showing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, in Columbus, Ohio, with PSC COOL ARRAY, a.k.a., Jazzy. Showing the filly in the Youth Weanling Fillies to a Reserve Championship Congress was Student Sydney Ibarra, from Cumberland, Md. Also pictured is Jared Miller, the College’s Equine Program Coordinator and Instructor. 

The 2015 equine show season has been the most rewarding yet for Potomac State College of West Virginia University horses, students, faculty, and staff.

As part of a large donation in 2014, Potomac State received four mares and one stallion from Donald Rice, an Alabama business man. The stallion, COOLER THAN ALL, is a Congress Grand Champion and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Reserve World Champion. The recent success of Potomac State’s equine athletes are a result of this generous donation.

OBVIOUS ONE COOLEST, who goes by “Ally” at the barn, is one of the mares donated by Rice. In the fall of 2014, Ally placed in her class at the Pre-Turkey Quarter Horse Show in Herndon, Va. She continued last year’s success on June 28, 2015 at the Northern West Virginia Quarter Horse Association Spring Show in Beverly, W.Va. At this show, she was the Grand Champion Open Mare with Jared Miller, Potomac State’s Equine Program Coordinator, on the halter and Grand Champion Amateur Mare with Kelly Malone, a former equine department employee. OBVIOUS ONE COOLEST earned an additional 4 open halter points and 2.5 amateur halter points, qualifying the mare for the American Quarter Horse World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.

At the time of the 2014 donation, two of the mares were in foal to the stallion COOLER THAN ALL. One mare foaled in February 2015 and the other in March. “We knew as soon as we saw the February filly that she would be special”, stated Miller. The students were involved with both fillies from day one; assisting with imprint training, halter training and fitting for the fall futurities.  “In July, I made the decision to primarily focus our attention on the older filly. She was really maturing at that point and I knew we needed to show her.” said Miller. “I wanted to give one of our students the opportunity to show in in the non-pro and youth division and I would show her in the open”.

The College’s first outing with the February filly, named PSC COOL ARRAY, a.k.a. “Jazzy”, was  September 5th and 6th  at the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association Nittany Classic and Futurities in Centre Hall, Pa. There, Jazzy was the winner of the Non-Pro Weanling Filly Futurity and the winner of the Okie Wyatt Memorial Trophy with PSC Freshman Sydney Ibarra, from Cumberland, Md. She was also the winner of the Open Weanling Filly Futurity and the winner of the Vicki Zipperlein Memorial Trophy with Miller on the halter. 

The College’s second outing was on September 18th and 19th  in Winfield, W.Va., at the West Virginia Quarter Horse Association WV Breeders Futurity and WV Mountain State Open and Non-Pro Futurity, where both the filly and student continued their winning ways. Jazzy was the Champion Weanling Filly of both the WV Breeders and Mountain State Futurity with Ibarra.

The College’s final stop for the 2015 show season was the All American Quarter Horse Congress, held in Columbus, Ohio. At this show Jazzy was 10th in the Open Weanling Fillies and 7th in the Limited Weanling Fillies with Miller.  Ibarra showed Jazzy in the Youth Weanling Fillies to a Reserve Championship Congress placing. “I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to show such a wonderful filly and I’m looking forward to the 2016 show season.” stated Ibarra, who has shown horses from a very young age.

“We are excited to promote our equine program by allowing both students and faculty the opportunity to exhibit horses at this level,” concluded Miller. For more information regarding Potomac State’s Equine Program, please contact Miller at 304-788-6898 or by e-mail at Jared.Miller@mail.wvu.edu

 

Jazzy

The College’s first outing with the February filly, named PSC COOL ARRAY, a.k.a. “Jazzy”, was  September 5th and 6th  at the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association Nittany Classic and Futurities in Centre Hall, Pa. There, Jazzy was the winner of the Non-Pro Weanling Filly Futurity and the winner of the Okie Wyatt Memorial Trophy with PSC Freshman Sydney Ibarra, Also pictured is Jared Miller, the College’s Equine Program Coordinator and Instructor. 

 

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Jazzy, formally known as PSC COOL ARRAY, was the Champion Weanling Filly of both the WV Breeders and Mountain State Futurity with Freshman Sydney Ibarra. Also pictured is Jared Miller, the College’s Equine Program Coordinator and Instructor.