Photos and Article By Corrisa Connor, Staff Writer
Recently, a new champion is on Potomac State College’s campus. Her name is PSC Cool Array. The people around the barn just call her Jazzy. PSC Cool Array is a 19-month-old filly who is just one of the 22 Quarter horses on Potomac State College’s farm.
PSC Cool Array’s mother was one of the five horses that were donated to Potomac State College from Sumiton, Alabama. Her mother, who was pregnant at the time of donation, had PSC Cool Array on campus on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2015.
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: Level one East Coast Champion Yearling Mare in both Youth and Amateur, East Coast Halter Futurity Champion Yearling Mare in Open, Armature and Youth, Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association and Nittany Classic Futurity Champion Yearling Mare, and WV Breeders and Mountain State Futurity Champion Yearling Mare.
Jared Miller, Equine Studies Instructor, explains “PSC Cool Array stood with 9 Grands the morning of Sept. 17, 2016, at WVQHA. She also won the WV Breeders and Mountain State Futurity in Yearling mares. She earned points in all divisions, 15 total. “We are blessed and very thankful.”
The halter division that PSC Cool Array competes in is unique to other divisions as the horse is solely judged on their 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.
PSC Cool Array gets brushed down and groomed several times a day and is on high-quality energy performance feed. 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.
Ibarra and PSC Cool Array 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 quite an accomplishment at her age.
Ibarra, who has been showing PSC Cool Array with Miller since fall 2015 said, “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.”
The equine program gives students opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in breeding, showing, colt starting and industry-related specifics.