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Animal Science does not presently have a dedicated Equine Judging Team.
In the spring of 2014, team members Makayla Johnston, Meghan Mills, Meredith Behr, Caitlin Brown, Sarah Stewart and Liz Simon headed to the Spring Contest in Whitesboro, Texas. The students were able to spend several days soaking up information from the industry’s top professionals as we toured many farms in the area and practiced mock classes with critiques and question/answer sessions with the nation’s top trainers and judges. Some of our visits included Jerry Erickson with Hunter Hack, High Point Performance Horses with Western Riding, Halvorson Ranch, Ted Turner, Kathy Smallwood and Diamond 2B on Halter Horses, Alex Ross in the classroom on Western Pleasure and Ranch Horse Pleasure. Plus we were able to stop at two shows along the way.
At the spring contest, in individual placings Makayla Johnston was 1st in halter, 2nd in reasons, 7th in performance and 2nd overall. Our team placed 5th in reasons, 5th in halter and was 4th overall.
Returning for the fall semester, Makayla Johnston, Meredith Behr, Alexis Patinos, Caitlin Brown, and Sarah Stewart immediately began preparing for the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which was October 15. Competing against 14 teams and 74 individuals, their placings at the QH Congress: Meredith Behr -2nd overall individual, 1st performance, 7th reasons. Makayla Johnston - 10th overall, 7th performance. Alexis Patinos - 8th halter. Team placings: 5th place team overall, 5th performance, 6th in reasons and 6th in halter. These ladies finished the year competing at the AQHA World show where they placed 8th overall as a team and Meredith Behr was the Reserve Champion in Halter, Performance and Overall individual standings!