The horse judging team teaches students to evaluate horses and horse performances, and to compete in intercollegiate competitions with teams from other colleges and universities. Since the first Texas A&M University team began competition in 1972, no other school has won more national championships than Texas A&M, boasting 28. Students on the Horse Judging Team gain much needed and useful experience in analytical and critical thinking, judgment, written and oral communication, and many of them continue to become professional judges for several breed associations. The horse judging team is designed for students interested in equine selection and performance evaluation. The team competes in the Spring Intercollegiate Sweepstakes contest in Fort Worth. Fall competitions include the following: the AQHA Congress in Columbus, OH; the Arabian Nationals in Tulsa, OK; the National Reining Horse Association Contest in Oklahoma City, OK; and the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City, OK.
Students interested in the Horse Judging Team should enroll in ANSC 316. For more information, please contact Dr. Clay Cavinder at 979-845-7731.