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UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Kendall Brandenberger from Helena, MT. This is her fifth year at UMW where she is pursuing a degree in Natural Horsemanship with the Business option. She enjoys packing, skiing, art, and being in the presence of horses. This is her first year in sales prep and she is riding Jack Be Driften, a brown gelding from the Hollenbeck Ranch.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

Jacob Christenson is a junior from Buffalo, Minnesota. He is majoring in Natural Horsemanship and Equine Science, with a minor in Farm and Ranch Management. This is his third year in the UMW Sales Prep class. Last year, Jacob’s colt won the competition and was the highest seller. He also is the Vice President of Student Senate at UMW, and the President of YF&R and Horseman’s clubs. Over the summer, Jacob was on a three-person team representing UMW for the Collegiate Road to the Horse, where he and his team came in first place. In his spare time, he likes to show in sortings, cuttings, ranch rodeos, and reined cow horse. After college, Jacob wants to go back and take care of the family ranch in Minnesota. This year, he is riding Bit O Honey Frosted from the Erb Ranch and Weavers GenuinelyLeo from Weaver Quarter Horses.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

Katlin Foote was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is majoring in Natural Horsemanship with an Instruction and Management option. This is her first year participating in the sales prep course. In her spare time, Katlin enjoys spending time with her horses, dog and cat. Upon graduating, she would like to operate a lesson program for beginners of all ages and start colts. She is riding RSR Huffys Playgun from the Roaring Springs Ranch.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Erica Hill from Hamilton, MT. She is a junior at UMW and majoring in Natural Horsemanship. She enjoys working with her horses, hiking, fishing, and hunting. She worked under a professional cutting and reining trainer for 4 years. She is riding Weavers Dee Lena, a dun filly donated by the Weavers.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

Gus Hoffman grew up in Big Sky, Montana where his family manages the 320 Ranch. This is his second year in sales prep program. He is a sophomore at the University of Montana Western where he is majoring in Natural Horsemanship. Gus likes training and riding horses in his free time. This year he is competing on Weavers Tonka Gem from Weaver Quarter Horses and Peptos Stylin Eclipse from Fred & Lynn Hirschy.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Molly Jackson from Gunnison, Colorado. She is currently a sophomore here at Montana Western and plans on majoring in Natural Horsemanship with a minor in Business. This is her second year in sales prep. She is riding Weavers Smooth Ted from Weaver Quarter Horses as well as EC Remicat from Greg Goggins.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Riley Lake from Alturas, CA. This is her second year at UMW and second year in the sales prep class. She is majoring in Natural Horsemanship with a Science minor. She is on the rodeo team at UMW and enjoys team roping, breakaway, and competed in reined cow horse and cutting on her high school rodeo team. This year, Riley is riding Weavers Missblueboon a bay roan mare from Stan and Nancy Weaver.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Jordan LeCompte from Bellingham, WA. She is a sophomore at UMW where she is double majoring with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Pre-Vet minor and Natural Horsemanship with a Science option. She is a student senator, Vice President of the Vet Science club, and a Peer Educator with Healthy Colleges Montana. She enjoys riding and showing her horses as well as working as a vet assistant when home in Washington. Jordan is riding Docs Tia, a gray mare donated from the Holland Ranch.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Aubrey Little, from Centerville, MT. She is double majoring in Natural Horsemanship and Business, with minors in Management and Instruction. This is Aubrey’s second year in the UMW sales prep class. Aubrey grew up barrel racing, showing, trail riding, and working cattle. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, working with her other horses, and going on adventures with her dog. After college Aubrey plans on working under trainers who practice natural horsemanship. Aubrey is riding Irish Mitzi, a bay roan filly from the R Lazy 6 Ranch and Lous Little Roan, a gray filly from Mark and Barb Harrington.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Talyn Neville. She grew up on a farm and ranch located in Hamer, Idaho. She is a Junior at the University of Montana Western. She is majoring in Business Administration and Natural Horsemanship with a minor in Equine Management. After school, Talyn would like to further her knowledge in training horses while putting her business degree to use. This is Talyn’s first year in UMW Sales Prep. She is actively involved on campus through the Young Farmers and Ranchers Club, the Horseman’s club, and she is on the UMW Rodeo Team. TaLyn’s main events are Team Roping and Breakaway roping. She also serves as a senator on the ASUMW. With her free time she enjoys working cows, driving truck, but most of all roping and riding. Talyn is riding a black gelding named Docs Mister Velvet and a red roan gelding named Docs Spitshine, both donated by the Holland Ranch.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Tiffany Ostberg from Chester, Idaho. This is her senior year at UMW and her second year in sales prep. She is majoring in Natural Horsemanship with a minor in Instruction and Management. She is also a member of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Club on campus. This year she is riding Lena Jo Royal, a sorrel filly donated by Mark and Barb Harrington.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is James Ramirez from Churchill, Montana. He is double majoring in Biology and Natural Horsemanship with a minor in Equine Science. This is his third year in the sales prep class. He is on the rodeo team at UMW. Some of his hobbies are roping, riding horses, and going to team roping and calf roping jackpots. After college, he hopes to continue his education and attend vet school and continue working and training horses. He would also like to continue Pro Rodeo and make the NFR. He is riding RSR Swallow Ride from the Roaring Springs Ranch and Sacos True Grit from the Holland Ranch.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Danica Wilson from Park City, Utah. She is a senior at UMW where she is majoring in Natural Horsemanship/Ranch Management & Business and Technology. Danica grew up riding AQHA performance horses (reining/working cow horse, ranch versatility, trail and horsemanship) and has two world titles under her belt! She enjoys skiing during the winter months and backpacking in the summer. Once out of school she will be working on getting PATH certified and taking further steps to open an equine-assisted therapy program while continuing to ride and train horses. She is riding Weavers Cowboy Perk, a sorrel gelding donated from Stan and Nancy Weaver.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

This is Laci Wiggins from Echo, Oregon. She is a senior at UMW majoring in Natural Horsemanship with the Management option as well as a Bachelors in Business with an Equine Science Minor. This is her third year in sales prep and her fourth year as a senator of ASUMW. She holds several titles on campus such as: ASUMW Chair and Activities Coordinator, Secretary of the UMW Horseman’s Club, Secretary of Young Farmers and Ranchers Club, she is a member of the Collegiate Stockgrowers Club, a member of the Business club, and works for Safe Ride! Can you believe she has also made the Dean’s list multiple times?! In addition to all of that, she enjoys playing with her dogs, cooking, and hanging out with family and friends. This year she is riding Jaywood Drifter TKM from the Hollenbeck Ranch and Rockin Barmaid from the Galt Ranch.

UMW Colt Challenge and Sale Student

Cole Benoit, or CJ as many know him, is from St. Amant, Louisiana and decided to move to Montana after serving six years in the US Army achieving the rank of Sergeant and also serving one deployment to Syria and Iraq with 1-244 AHB as a UH 60 Blackhawk Crew Chief. After moving to Montana, CJ spent time working on multiple cattle operations. Now 26, CJ is a first-year student in the Natural Horsemanship program while also working towards the psychology option. Outside of school, CJ works for McCoy Cattle Company and the Dillon Livestock Auction. He is a member of the Horseman’s club on campus and spends the majority of his free time working with his three horses or enjoying his dogs. He will be competing on MS FROSTED HERSHEY donated by Erb Livestock.