Feb. 24, 2014
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WTAMU Livestock Judging Team Opens Season at National Event
CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University livestock judging team opened its judging season with an eighth-place finish at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., Jan. 16 and 17 and a fourth-place finish at last weekend’s Southwestern Exposition in Fort Worth.
The team competed against 30 schools at the Denver contest. Team member Ryan Dahl was the eighth high individual.
“I was pleased with the showing we had at Denver,” said Travis Begley, coach of the team and graduate student in the department. “The first contest of the year is always good to get under your belt and to have a little success there has helped going forward.”
The Southwestern Exposition in Fort Worth last weekend proved that the WTAMU livestock team is improving and should have a successful season.
The team finished second in horses, fourth in swine, fourth in sheep, third in cattle, fourth in oral reasons and fourth high team in the contest.
As an individual, team member Reagan Richter was ninth in horses and 10th in cattle.
“I think the success at Denver really pushed us to work hard for Fort Worth,” Begley said. “I was very proud of our finish at Fort Worth, and I expect it to only build confidence going into San Antonio and Houston.”
The livestock judging team will complete its season with competitions in the San Antonio and Houston livestock judging contests this spring.
Team members are listed by hometown, classification and major.
Ashley Kanaman, senior animal science major
Edgewood, N. M.
Ellen Bardwell, senior agriculture education major
Morgan Gadd, junior agricultural media and communication major
Ariana Scott, junior plant, soil and environmental science major
Reagan Richter, junior agriculture education major
Ryan Dahl, junior agriculture education major