Horse Judging Team wins NRHA Futurity

OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2011-2012 TAMU Senior Horse Judging Team won the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City on Dec. 3, 2011.

The Aggies beat second place West Texas A&M University by a wide margin, followed by Oklahoma State University, University of Wisconsin and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Team members are Toni Kean, a sophomore from Katy; Alicia Erwin, a sophomore from Bridgeport; Caitlin Scott, a junior from Tomball; Alycia Crandall, a junior from College Station; Alexis Swan, a sophomore from Aubrey; Alexis Duhon, a senior from Spring; Braedy Thomas, a sophomore from Rathdrum, Idaho; Kaitlan Farmer, a sophomore from Lubbock; and Melanie Armstrong, junior from Dime Box; all animal science majors.

Texas A&M secured four of the top 10 high individual awards. Armstrong finished reserve champion, followed by Scott as third high individual, Duhon as sixth and Erwin as eighth.

“This group practiced extremely hard for the past four months in an effort to win this contest. I think the manner in which they won the futurity having four in the top 10 and winning by 102 points speaks of their commitment to our program and dedication to being their best,” said Dr. Clay Cavinder, team coach.

The NRHA Futurity is the first major competition for this group as the senior team. In the spring of 2012, they will compete in the APHA Spring Sweepstakes and the NRBC Futurity leading up to the two major fall competitions, the AQHA World Show and the All American Congress.

“This was the first big contest for the current team and a great way to finish off the semester,” said Cavinder. “This contest gives our team a lot of confidence as we move into the next year.”


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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