WT Horse Judging Team Continues to Excel

Oct. 23, 2019

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

COPY BY: Brad Newman

WT Horse Judging Team Continues to Excel in Season

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team took the top team placements at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 16.

The No. 1 ranking comes after 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.

The WT team earned a total of 3,262 points to garner the overall first-place position. Oklahoma State University took second place overall with 3,213 points, followed by Penn State University at third with 3,184 points. The event brought in 70 contestants and 14 teams competing in halter, performance and reasons.

"The team members did a tremendous job preparing and then performing to their capabilities," said Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team. "While the team result is always priority, five individuals finishing in the top 10 is really exceptional. They represented WT extremely well, and made WT proud."

In individual placings, Cheyenne Detherow, a junior agribusiness major from Ozark, Mo., finished second overall, with a second-place finish in performance, third in reasons, and fourth in halter. Teammate Baily Summers, a junior agribusiness major from Sparta, Mo., finished fourth overall, with a first-place finish in reasons, a second-place finish in halter and a sixth-place finish in performance.

Kayla Burns, a junior agribusiness major from Molalla, Ore., finished seventh overall, with a fifth-place finish in reasons, a ninth-place finish in performance, and a third-place finish in halter. Cali Pontnack, a junior agriculture education major from Winchester, Ill., finished sixth overall, and placed fourth in reasons and fifth in performance. Mallory Fulwider, a junior agribusiness-equine major from Round Rock, Texas, placed fifth overall, with a fourth in performance and seventh in reasons.

The WT horse judging team will compete at the AQHA World Championship on Nov. 16 and the NRHA Futurity on Dec. 3 and 4, both in Oklahoma City.



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