Oct. 19, 2012
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse Judging Team Tops Field at All-American Quarter Horse Congress
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team earned yet another national championship, this time at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Oct. 17 in Columbus, Ohio.
This marks WTAMU’s second consecutive win and the eighth victory at this particular event. Overall, the WTAMU horse judging team has compiled 74 champion or reserve champion titles over the years.
The WTAMU team scored 3,168 points to take the top spot over Kansas State University in second with 3,142 points. Oklahoma State University placed third at the 22-team competition.
Taking the lead was Felicia Kimmel, a junior animal science/pre-veterinary major from Bradley, Ill. Kimmel topped the overall individual leader board by placing first in performance, fourth in reasons and ninth in halter. Teammate Kayla Wells, a junior agricultural media and communication major, placed second overall with a second in performance and reasons and a fourth place in halter.
Jana Foil, a sophomore nursing major from McGregor, placed 13th overall with an 11th in performance and 12th in reasons. Lindsey McNeill, a junior equine industry and business major from Houston, was 15th overall with an eighth in performance and 14th in reasons. Julia Roberts, a junior equine industry and business major from Clovis, N.M., placed eleventh in reasons. In all, 96 individuals competed at the event.
“Winning a national championship is truly a remarkable achievement that few ever get to experience,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said. “I am so proud of the team and their preparation and terrific performance. They have all worked very hard, and the win is a real tribute to their commitment and work ethic.
“While it took a great effort and performance of the entire team, Felicia and Kayla had exceptionally good days to help lead the way to the team’s win. What excites me is that the team has yet to maximize their potential, and I know they can improve as we get ready for the other two major competitions—the AQHA World Championship and NRHA Futurity Championship—in November. If they continue to work as they have, they have the chance to be highly competitive in those events and reach their goals.”
WTAMU horse judging team members are listed by hometown, classification and major.
Tabatha Taylor, senior agricultural media and communication major
Kayla Wells, junior agricultural media and communication major
Felicia Kimmel, junior animal science/pre-veterinary major
Julia Roberts, junior equine industry and business major
Erin Goodell, junior equine industry and business major
Lindsey McNeill, junior equine industry and business major
Jana Foil, sophomore animal science/nursing major
Natalie Gilbert, senior equine industry and business major