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Ross Ramsey's World Championship Wins in Oklahoma and Ohio

Ross Ramsey and Rockstar Ragdoll receive their awards

Student Ross Ramsey has made Eastern Kentucky University proud!

A freshman Agribusiness Management major, Ramsey has made it his passion and work to immerse himself in all things farm - including his extracurricular activities.

Some students may study or play video games in their leisure time; not Ramsey. Instead, he shows off American Quarter Horse “Rockstar Ragdoll” by running her full speed through and around tall poles.

“Pole bending” is definitely a challenging sport, for both the horse and the rider. For Ramsey, the hard work has finally paid off.

He has won not one, but two, competitive shows within the last year.

The first took place at Oklahoma City. In the pole bending event, 76 entries competed for world champion honors.

Each AQHYA world champion stood to receive a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy; a Montana Silversmiths buckle; a specially designed jacket with logo by Cripple Creek Outerwear; a Weather Beeta embroidered blanket; a world champion patch; a neck wreath for the hard-working horse; and gold medallion.

Those things weren’t easy to earn, nor were the qualifications needed to even compete in the event.

To qualify for the event, competitors must earn a predetermined number of points in Halter, English and Western disciplines. More than 2,500 entries from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Venezuela competed for 35 world championships at this year’s event, Aug. 1-9.

Now, Ramsey has done it again in Ohio, making the most of his championship run. According to Ramsey, "Pole bending is a timed event for quarter horses. You have six poles. Each are twenty-one feet apart. You have three turns and have to weave through the poles. It is very competitive and can come down thousandths of a second."

Eastern Kentucky University has no end of talent; we would like to wish Mr. Ramsey and the Ag department continued success in all endeavors!

-written by McKenna Bowling, Student Assistant
Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

Published on December 04, 2014

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