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Journal at the World

December 10, 2013

Horse Judging Contest

Collegiate judging teams competed for world champion honors at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.

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Collegiate judging teams competed for world champion honors at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.

Collegiate contestants competed in the Merial American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show Judging Contest November 21-22 in Oklahoma City. Fourteen senior college Division 1 teams, eight junior college Division 2 teams and 30 limited individual contestants participated in this year’s event.

High-Point Individuals 2013:

  • Division 1 High-Point Individual – Marilyn Brandt of West Texas A&M University
  • Division 1 Reserve High-Point Individual – Justene Testa of Pennsylvania State University
  • Division 2 High-Point Individual – Kelsey Matthews of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
  • Division 2 Reserve High-Point Individual – Grace Guyer of Black Hawk College
  • Limited High-Point Individual – Amanda Solie of University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Limited Reserve High-Point Individual – Christy Petry of North Central Texas College

 High-Point Teams 2013:

  • Division 1 High-Point Team – West Texas A&M University, Team A
  • Division 1 Reserve High-Point Team – Colorado State University
  • Division 1 Third-Place High-Point Team – West Texas A&M University, Team B
  • Division 2 High-Point Team – Black Hawk College, Team A
  • Division 2 Reserve High-Point Team – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Team B
  • Division 2 Third-Place High-Point Team – Northeaster Oklahoma A&M College, Team A

AQHA awarded scholarship funding to the top three teams in the junior and senior college divisions that is to be used for the education of students in the schools’ animal science departments or equine-related fields.

  • World champion team: $2,000
  • Reserve world champion team: $1,250
  • Third-place team: $750

This event is sponsored by AQHA Corporate Partner Merial. The Merial AQHA World Championship Show Judging Contest is the most prestigious collegiate judging contest. Usually referred to as “the test,” this collegiate contest has been home to AQHA progressive judging and World Conformation Horse Association judging qualifying exams, as well. Contestants rarely get an opportunity to compete at this contest more than twice, and it has been known as the contest where you have one shot at becoming a world champion collegiate judge.

Contestants are tasked with scoring eight performance events and four halter classes. Their scores are compared against an official scorecard comprised of AQHA-approved judges, and they are given a score based on how closely they match the official placings – a score of 50 means that a contestant selected placings that represented a perfect match to the official placings.

This year, contestants judged tie-down roping, heading, working cow horse, western riding, western pleasure, horsemanship, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation. In halter, contestants placed aged mares, 2-year-old geldings, performance halter geldings and 3-year-old colts.

For complete coverage on the 2013 AQHA World Show, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.

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