Horse Judging Team wins reserve champion at NHRA contest

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Texas A&M Junior Horse Judging Team won reserve champion at the National Reining Horse Association Collegiate Futurity Contest in Oklahoma City on Dec. 5-6.


Left, Courtney Phillips, Abbey Jacks, Allysa Amjad, Amanda Driewer, Marissa Garcia, Sarah Sprayberry, Olivia Norton, Kailyn Capps and Lauren Friend.

Team member Marissa Garcia won third high individual and Abbey Jacks finished fifth high individual.

“I’m very proud of how far this team has come. In just a semester, they learned the disciplines of reining like the back of their hands and their performance at the NRHA Futurity proved this,” said Courtney Phillips, assistant coach. “I know they learned from this contest which helped prepare them more challenging contests down the road.” The team is coached by Dr. Clay Cavinder, associate professor.

Team members include Sarah Sprayberry, from Boerne, Olivia Norton, from Texarkana, Marissa Garcia, from Royce City, Abbey Jacks, from Conroe, and Kailyn Capps, from Brenham, all sophomore animal science majors;  Allysa Amjad, a junior animal science major from Crockett; Lauren Friend, a sophomore ag. economics major from Tulare, Calif.; Amanda Driewer, a junior ag. systems management major from Seguin; and Dustin Lane, a senior animal science major from Red Oak.

The NRHA Futurity is the first contest in which the junior team competes.



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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