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WTAMU horse judging team third at All-American Quarter Horse Congress

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The West Texas A&M University horse judging team finished with a third-place overall at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 17 in Columbus, Ohio. The team placed first in halter, second in reasons and fourth in performance.

The WTAMU team earned a total of 3,207 points to garner the third-place berth. Oklahoma State University tallied 3,251 and 3.226 points to win first place and second place respectively. Rounding out the top five teams were Mississippi State with 3,189 points and Texas A&M University with 3,155 points. The event brought in 124 contestants and 17 teams competing in halter, performance and reasons.

In individual placings, Andrea Althoff, a junior plant, soil and environmental sciences major from Hannibal, Mo., earned a fourth-place overall with a first in halter, first in reasons and sixth in performance. Teammate Wyatt Marshall, a senior agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Burlington, Colo., finished at eighth overall with a second in halter and a second in reasons. Others who placed in the individual competition included Courtney Coffman, a junior agriculture communication major from Huntington, Ind., sixth in halter, and Jessica Looman, a junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major from Durango, Colo., ninth in performance.

“The team did terrific at this contest. They are very competitive,” Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, said. “While they represented WT exceptionally well and brought continued international prestige to the University, they are not satisfied. They have worked hard to develop their skills and are excellent teammates with each other. I am really proud of their preparation thus far and putting themselves in a position to do so well. Most importantly is they are not as good as they can be if they continue to push themselves and prepare for the final two contests this year.”

The WTAMU horse judging team will compete Nov. 17 at the 2017 AQHA World Championship and Nov. 27-29 at the NRHA Championships, both in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Members of the team are listed by their hometowns along with their classification and majors.

Burlington, Colo.
Wyatt Marshall, senior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Claunch, N.M.
Aubrey Brandenberger, junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Durango, Colo.
Jessica Looman, junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Hannibal, Mo.
Andrea Althoff, junior plant, soil and environmental sciences major

Huntington, Ind.
Courtney Coffman, junior agriculture communication major

Lakeview, Ore.
Kate Warner, junior agribusiness/equine industry and business major

Sedona, Ariz.
Kendall Woellmer, junior agriculture communication major

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