Horse Judging Team Earns AQHA World Reserve Champion Title

Nov. 22, 2019

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Horse Judging Team Earns AQHA World Reserve Champion Title

AQHA Championships**Photo from left to right: Sydney Reynolds (assistant coach), Isaiah Chandler, Alexis Deelsnyder, Cali Pontnack, Reilly Dhaliwal, Mallory Fulwider, Lacy Petty, Cheyenne Detherow, Kayla Burns, Emmy Jo Martinez, Baily Summers, Maggie Murphy (assistant coach) and John Pipkin (coach). 

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team took the title of World Reserve Champion at the American Quarter Horse Association's World Championship Show.

The team competed on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the annual event in Oklahoma City.

The WT team earned a total of 3,354 points to garner the overall second-place position. Kansas State University took first place overall with 3,356 points, followed by Texas Tech University at third with 3,340 points. The event brought in 120 contestants and 16 teams competing in halter, performance and reasons.

The team accomplishment adds to an already successful season for WT's horse judging team. The team opened its competitive season in September with an overall third-place finish at the American Paint Horse Association Collegiate World Championship Sept. 19 in Fort Worth, and was Champion at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 16.

"Winning a Reserve World Championship is a fantastic accomplishment," said Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team. "They (the team members) are outstanding judges and communicators, but more importantly, are exceptional individuals. They represent WT so well and should make everyone at WT proud."

In individual placings, Kayla Burns, a junior agribusiness major from Molalla, Ore., was named Champion individual overall, placing first in performance and second in reasons. Teammate Baily Summers, a junior agribusiness major from Sparta, Mo., finished Reserve Champion overall, with a first-place finish in reasons, a third-place finish in halter and a seventh-place finish in performance. Mallory Fulwider, a junior equine industry and business major from Round Rock, Texas, was fifth in halter. Cheyenne Detherow, a junior agribusiness major from Ozark, Mo., finished seventh in reasons; and Isaiah Chandler, a junior equine industry and business major from Carthage, Mo., earned ninth in reasons.

In the Limited Division of the competition, WT competitors Lacy Petty, a sophomore agriculture media and communications major from Adrian, Texas, and Emmy Jo Martinez, a sophomore agriculture education major from Pueblo, Colo., placed first and second overall respectively.

The WT horse judging team will next compete at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity on Dec. 3 and 4, in Oklahoma City.