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Horse Judging Team Wins World Championship at AQHA Competition

Nov. 25, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Horse Judging Team Wins World Championship at AQHA Competition

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team swept the competition with 3,394 points to win the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Nov. 21 at Oklahoma City.

The team placed first overall in performance and reasons and second in halter to secure the first-place win with more than 50 points over second-place Colorado State University. A total of 65 contestants representing 18 teams competed at the annual event. The WTAMU team took the Reserve World Championship title last year.

In individual placings, WTAMU’s Marilyn Brandt, senior equine industry and business major from Andover, Ill., placed first overall with a second in halter, fifth in reasons and seventh in performance. Teammate Caitlin Robb, senior agricultural media and communication major from New Windsor, Ill., placed fourth overall with a seventh in halter and 10th in reasons. Samantha Hearn, senior equine industry and business major from Austin, earned a fifth-place overall with a third in performance and seventh in reasons, and Angela Bradley, junior equine industry and business major from Cedar Park, was seventh overall with a third in halter.

Other team members placing in the top 10 included Faith Schleich, senior agricultural media and communication major from Monmouth, Ill., first in performance, sixth in reasons; Kayla Bridgman, senior equine industry and business major from Nelsonville, Mo., sixth in performance, fourth in reasons; Morgan Gadd, junior agricultural media and communication major from Fishers, Ind., ninth in performance; and Josi Reed, junior agricultural media and communication major from Cave-In-Rock, Ill., eighth in performance, ninth in reasons.

“I am so proud of these students and the extremely successful year they have had. World Champions is an exceptional accomplishment,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said. “Add that to the three other team championships they’ve won this year—NACTA, The Spring Contest and Reichert Celebration—and this group has established itself as the most accomplished team this year. They have been a great model of how team unity, hard work, individual sacrifice and a hunger to learn and improve can result in success. I have great appreciation and respect for the commitment, sacrifice and preparation that every one of these students has made. I know they are ready to focus on preparing for the NRHA Futurity contest, the final contest of the year Dec. 5 and 6.”

The WTAMU team will travel to Oklahoma City in December to defend its national title at the National Reining Horse Association National Championship. Over the past 15 years, the WTAMU horse judging team has won more than 20 national or world titles, including 14 consecutive first- or second-place triumphs at NRHA.

WTAMU horse judging team members are listed by hometown, classification and major.
Andover, Ill.
Marilyn Brandt, senior equine industry and business major
Austin
Samantha Hearn, senior equine industry and business major
Cave-In-Rock, Ill.
Josi Reed, junior agricultural media and communication major
Cedar Park
Angela Bradley, junior equine industry and business major
Fishers, Ind.
Morgan Gadd, junior agricultural media and communication major
Monmouth, Ill.
Faith Schleich, senior agricultural media and communication major
Nelsonville, Mo.
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

—WTAMU—


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