Horton's tenure saw the domination in the 1960s of the UAF Rifle Women's Team, which won the NRA National Collegiate Women's Championship from 1961-67.
Many of the team were like Judy Christensen-Tschida—spotted as raw talent by Coach Horton in UAF riflery classes. In 1965, UAF was second in the Open Collegiate Rifle Championship. Stu Watkins emerged as UAF 's first All-American and Individual Champion in 1961. More All-Americans quickly followed: Carole Rollison, David Sommerfeldt, Neil Eklund, Joe Nava, John Penman, Candace Keyes, Barbara DeSpain and Randy Pitney.
In 1980, rifle was reorganized into an NCAA-recognized and sponsored sport. The official program included smallbore 3-Position (40 shots in each of prone, stand, and kneel) and air rifle (40 shots standing). Following other NCAA sport guidelines, a shoulder to shoulder national individual and team match with a qualifying procedure was established.
UA Site is named after E.F. Horton