Senior Horse Judging Team performs strong at final contest

OKLAHOMA CITY — The TAMU Senior Horse Judging Team closed their judging season with a strong performance in a close competition at the AQHA World Championship in Oklahoma City on Nov. 16, 2011, earning fourth place overall.

The Aggie team earned 3281 points, only one point behind third place Kansas State University. West Texas University won first place with 3296 points followed by University of Wyoming with 3295.

“This competition was extremely close and with a few different decisions the outcome could have been very different,” said Dr. Clay Cavinder, team coach. “I am happy with the level of improvement that the girls exhibited throughout the past two years and I am thankful for the time I got to spend with them.”

In team competition, Texas A&M won first place in the halter division and second in reasons. In individual competition, Libby Hallet won second in halters, third in reasons and third overall, and Megan Webb finished fourth in halter and tied for 10th overall.

“Winning the halter division after struggling in halter previously was a nice way to end their careers, as was taking second in reasons,” Cavinder said.

Senior team members include Libby Hallett, an agriculture leadership and development major from Sugarland; and animal science majors Megan Webb from Burlington, WV., Courtney Phillips from San Antonio, Cassie Holloway from Darlington, MD., Amber Marcum from Dickinson, and Rebecca Muller from Killeen.

Assistant coach is Caitlin Vonderohe, a graduate student in equine science.

The Junior Horse Judging Team will compete next at the NRHA Futurity on held Dec. 3 in Oklahoma City.


For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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