Dec. 9, 2013
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Horse Judging Team Wins NRHA Championship
Win marks fifth championship for the year
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team added another win to its 2013 season with a first-place overall finish at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Championship Dec. 5-6 in Oklahoma City.
The win marks the third championship for the fall and the fifth for the year. Last spring the horse judging team brought home first-place wins from both the NACTA Judging Competition and the Spring Contest and opened its fall season in September with a first-place win at the Reichert Celebration. In October the nine-member team won the AQHA World Championship and closed the season with the NRHA Championship. NRHA, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the competition, recognized the WTAMU team for winning the most championships—12 in all—of any other school.
“This contest provided a very unique and challenging test for the team,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said. “This team was truly extraordinary. They set big goals for the year, and each team member was willing to pay the price and make sacrifices to properly prepare and develop their abilities. They had a great attitude and worked hard without a word of complaint. Their team unity and support for each other was impressive. Each and every team member made a huge contribution to the team that was essential for their success. Overall, while many previous WT horse judging teams have had great success, this team arguably had the most successful record that any team has ever had, winning five of six of the contests. I am extremely honored, privileged and blessed to have been able to work with them.”
The team earned a total of 4,478 points for the first-place overall win. Texas A&M University placed second with 4,449 point and third went to New Mexico State University with 4,390 points. North Carolina State University and Oklahoma State University rounded out the top five. A total of 73 contestants representing 15 teams competed at the annual event. The WTAMU team also won the championship in 2012.
In individual placings, WTAMU’s Angela Bradley, a junior equine industry and business major from Cedar Park, won first-place overall. Teammate Josi Reed, a junior agricultural media and communication major from Cave-In-Rock, Ill., placed fourth overall, and Samantha Hearn, a senior equine industry and business major from Austin, placed fifth.
WTAMU horse judging team members are listed by hometown, classification and major.
Marilyn Brandt, senior equine industry and business major
Samantha Hearn, senior equine industry and business major
Josi Reed, junior agricultural media and communication major
Angela Bradley, junior equine industry and business major
Morgan Gadd, junior agricultural media and communication major
Faith Schleich, senior agricultural media and communication major
Kayla Bridgman, senior equine industry and business major
New Windsor, Ill.
Caitlin Robb, senior agricultural media and communication major
Paso Robles, Calif.
Shelby Hrbacek, senior equine industry and business major