Horse Judging Team Earns 2018 Reserve Champion Title at AQHA World

Nov. 13, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. John Pipkin, 806-651-2557, jpipkin@wtamu.edu

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

Horse Judging Team Earns 2018 Reserve Champion Title at AQHA World

 

CANYON, Texas—The team work paid off and earned West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team the Reserve Champion title at the 2018 AQHA World Championship Collegiate contest Nov. 10 in Oklahoma City.

The WTAMU team finished first in the halter category, second in performance and third in reasons to earn 3,406 points for the second-place berth. Oklahoma State placed first overall with 3,411 points as well as third place with 3,393 points. The University of Florida earned a fourth-place finish with 3,342 points and Mississippi State rounded out the top five with 3,331 points. A total of 16 senior division teams and 87 contestants competed at the annual event.

In individual placings, WTAMU team member Kendall Woellmer, a junior agriculture communication major from Sedona Ariz., earned a fourth-place overall finish with a fourth in performance and reasons and a seventh place in halter. Jessica Looman, a junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Durango, Colo., placed sixth overall with an eighth place in halter and ninth place in both performance and reasons. Courtney Coffman, a junior agriculture communication major from Huntington, Ind., placed seventh overall with a sixth place in performance. Wyatt Marshall, a senior agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Burlington, Colo., finished ninth overall with a 10th place in halter. Other team members who placed in the individual competition were Andrea Althoff, a junior plant, soil and environmental sciences major from Hannibal, Mo., placed second in halter and sixth in reasons, and teammate Kate Warner earned a seventh-place finish in performance.  

“This year’s team has been very hard working and has developed outstanding team chemistry,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said. “They have constantly encouraged, challenged and supported each other. They were extremely focused on being prepared for this competition, so they could give their best effort, and the results proved it. While their goal was Champion, they represented WT tremendously well. Reserve World Champion is an exceptional achievement. I am super proud of them for their preparation, performance, character and results. They have already earned and deserve a special place in WT judging team lore, and they have one final contest remaining.”

This year, WTAMU also competed in the Limited Division, which is designed to give experience to students new to the judging process in preparation for judging next year. Four WTAMU student participated. Bailey McDaniel, a sophomore agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Iredell, finished fourth overall with a first in reasons, sixth in performance and seventh in halter. Isaiah Chandler, a sophomore agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Carthage, Mo., earned a fifth-place overall finish with a fourth place in both halter and reasons and a 10th in performance. Mallory Fulwider, a sophomore agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Round Rock, placed ninth in reasons.

The team will next compete Nov. 27-28 at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Members of the team are listed by their hometowns along with their classification and majors.

Burlington, Colo.
Wyatt Marshall, senior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Claunch, N.M.
Aubrey Brandenberger, junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Durango, Colo.
Jessica Looman, junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Hannibal, Mo.
Andrea Althoff, junior plant, soil and environmental sciences major

Huntington, Ind.
Courtney Coffman, junior agriculture communication major

Lakeview, Ore.
Kate Warner, junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Sedona, Ariz.
Kendall Woellmer, junior agriculture communication major

Limited Division team members are listed by hometown, classification and major.

Austin
Lillian Fisher, sophomore animal science/pre-vet major

Carthage, Mo.
Isaiah Chandler, sophomore agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Iredell
Bailey McDaniel, sophomore agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Round Rock
Mallory Fulwider, sophomore agribusiness/equine industry and business major

—WTAMU—


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