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Horse Judging Team Opens Season with Win at Reichert

Sept. 5, 2013

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

Horse Judging Team Opens Season with Win at Reichert

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team opened its fall competitive season with a first-place overall finish at the Reichert Celebration Sept. 3 in Fort Worth.

Fifteen teams and 71 contestants competed at the Reichert Celebration. The WTAMU team scored 2,393 points to finish first overall with a first place in halter and reasons and a second place in performance. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University placed second, followed by Oklahoma State University, third, Texas A&M University fourth, and University of Arkansas, fifth.

In individual placings, Caitlin Robb, a senior agricultural media and communication major from New Windsor, Ill., placed second overall with a first in reasons, a second in performance and a third in halter. Teammate Josi Reed, a junior agricultural media and communication major from Cave-In-Rock, Ill., placed third overall with a fourth in performance and a fifth in reasons. Marilyn Brandt, a senior equine industry and business major from Andover, Ill., placed sixth overall with a second in halter and a seventh in reasons.

Other WTAMU teammates placing in the top 10 included Kayla Bridgman, a senior equine industry and business major from Nelsonville, Mo., fifth in halter; Morgan Gadd, a junior agricultural media and communication major from Fishers, Ind., sixth in reasons and ninth in performance; Faith Schleich, a senior agricultural media and communication major from Monmouth, Ill., sixth in halter; and Caitlyn Tanner, a senior equine industry and business major from Groom, fourth in halter.

“This win was a terrific start to the fall competitions for the team, and I’m very excited to see that they started with success to follow up on their successes in the spring,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said. “This should really help instill confidence and desire in the team members as they prepare for the three major contests left for the year, the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 16, AQHA World Championship contest in Oklahoma City on Nov. 21, and the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City on Dec. 5 and 6.  I am very proud of the team’s effort so far this year and how they have represented WT.  They show the potential to have a truly outstanding year if they continue to work hard and improve.”

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
Groom
Caitlyn Tanner, senior equine industry and business 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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Craig Tanner
on 9.5.2013

Great Job Team!!! We are really proud of you!