PSC Cool Array Putting Potomac State College on Map in Quarter Horse Arenas
PSC Cool Array, currently standing third in the nation of youth mares, is putting Potomac State College of WVU’s Equine Studies program on the map. She is trained and shown by Student Sydney Ibarra and Equine Studies Instructor Jared Miller. To learn more about the program, contact Enrollment Services at 800-262-7332 or email: email@example.com
By: Corrisa Connor, Potomac State College of WVU Sophomore General Studies Major
KEYSER, WV, OCTOBER 5, 2016 -- Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) has a long and rich tradition of athletics dating back to 1902. PSC is not letting that tradition down with the new up-and-coming “shining star” that’s forging new territory like no other athlete before. Her name is PSC Cool Array. However, the people around the barn just call her Jazzy.
PSC Cool Array is a 19-month-old filly who is just one of 22 quarter horses on the College’s farm. PSC Cool Array’s mother was one of the five horses that were donated to the College from Sumiton, Ala. Her mother, who was pregnant at the time of donation, had PSC Cool Array on campus on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2015. Also donated was the filly’s father, Cooler Than All, who was a Grand Champion in the largest quarter horse show in the United States and a Reserve Champion in the Quarter Horse World Show.
PSC Cool Array has won several Grand Champion and Reserve Champion awards with multiple futurity earnings since her arrival and is currently standing third in the nation of youth mares. She currently holds multiple titles including: Level One East Coast Champion Yearling Mare in both Youth and Amateur; East Coast Halter Futurity Champion Yearling Mare in Open, Amateur and Youth; Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association and Nittany Classic Futurity Champion Yearling Mare; and West Virginia Breeders and Mountain State Futurity Champion Yearling Mare.
Jared Miller, Equine Studies instructor, adds that the filly’s most recent wins were at the Empire Fall Show in Syracuse, N.Y., where she stood in the Youth Division with five Grands and one Reserve.
The halter division that PSC Cool Array competes in is unique to other divisions as the horse is solely judged on her composition, balance, structural correctness, breed and sex characteristics, and muscling. The judges’ watch the handler walk and trot the horse around the arena, then evaluate the horse on how closely the horse matches to its specific breed characteristics.
While Miller trains PSC Cool Array on weekends, Student Sydney Ibarra, a sophomore dual majoring in Equine Production and Management and Business Administration, works with the filly during the week. In fact, Ibarra and PSC Cool Array are quite the team in the American Quarter Horse arena, because together they hold the title of third in the nation for youth halter mares. Ibarra has a youth card for showing and will move up next year to an amateur card which is an accomplishment at her age.
Ibarra, who has been showing for 18 years and is a native of Cumberland, Md., has been showing PSC Cool Array since 2015. She states, “Showing gives you such a sense of accomplishment because you set goals and then you work to accomplish them. Plus, showing gives you exposure at the breed association level.”
“It has been really fun to watch Sydney grow and see what she has accomplished,” said Miller. “Sydney almost has 50 points which is close to superior youth ranking.” He goes on to explain that the College’s equine program gives students opportunities to gain both knowledge and experience with showing, breeding, colt starting, and industry-level specifics.
The athleticism that has been presented by PSC Cool Array, Miller and Ibarra has been truly remarkable. Who knows, maybe the trio might land themselves into the PSC Athletic Hall of Fame in the future.