UNC Graduate Student Competing at World Championship Paint Horse Show

Tara Spencer, a student in the University of Northern Colorado's master's degree program in communication, is competing this week at the 2010 Summer World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

Spencer will compete in the breakaway roping, working cow horse and reining competitions of the show, which is sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association and also includes competitions such as tie-down roping, team penning and barrel racing. Contestants compete for cash awards, trophy buckles and other prizes.

According to Spencer, her goal is to place in the Top 10 in each of her three specialty events.

Event officials expect more than 600 competitors from 35 states, South America and Australia for the adult division of the competitions.

Spencer, who was born and raised in Loveland, was selected as the 2006 Miss Rodeo Colorado and participated in the 2009 presidential inauguration as a member of the Freedom Riders, a Kersey-based patriotic horseback riding group.

For more information about the World Championship Paint Horse show, visit http://www.aphaworldshow.com/summer/index.aspx.