Jan. 24, 2013
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Livestock Judging Team Opens Season at National Western Stock Show
CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University livestock judging team opened its 2013 season with an 11th place overall finish at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 17-18 in Denver, Colo.
The national show brings exhibitors from all over the United States to compete. This year’s event had 28 collegiate teams competing in the judging phase of the stock show. The WTAMU team placed ninth in swine, sixth in sheep and goats, 13th in cattle, 10th in reasons and 11th overall. The team finished three points out of the top 10 and followed Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Colorado State, University of Nebraska, University of Illinois, University of Arkansas, Texas A&M, South Dakota State and Iowa State.
In individual placings, WTAMU’s Rhet Long, a junior animal science major from Vernal, Utah, was fourth in swine.
“I am proud of my team and their performance in Denver,” Marcus Arnold, livestock judging coach, said. “It was an extremely competitive contest, and this should serve as a stepping stone for the team and their progression this semester.”
The six-member team, coached by Arnold and assistants Jeff Long and Karl Miller, will compete throughout the spring semester with events at the Southwestern Livestock Exposition Intercollegiate Judging Contest in Fort Worth, the San Antonio Stock Show Livestock Judging Contest and at Houston’s annual Livestock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest.
WTAMU livestock judging team members are listed by hometown, classification and major.
Jessie McClellan, junior animal science major
Rhet Long, junior animal science major
J.W. Clark, junior agriculture education major
Mountain View, Wyo.
Kaycee Carpenter, junior plant, soil and environmental science major
Sammie Jo Williams, junior animal science major
Brady Boyd, junior agriculture education major