Five Virginia Tech Hokies made a team effort to prepare and compete at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Horse Judging Contest in Columbus, Ohio and came out victorious. Each Hokie received individual recognition for their evaluation skills in the limited collegiate contest, which culminated in four of the top ten individuals overall hailing from Virginia Tech.
The team photo includes (from left):
- Shelley Brown of Gloucester, Va., who placed fourth in halter judging
- Andrea Oliver of Charlottesville, Va., who finished fifth in halter, tenth in performance, second in reasons, and sixth overall
- Hannah McDonald of Cross Junction, Va., who placed third in halter, eighth in performance, fourth in reasons, and third overall
- Taylor Ford of Lewisburg, W.Va., who placed second in halter, eighth in reasons, and seventh overall
- Hannah Geisler of Westport, Conn, who placed ninth in halter, eighth in performance, and fifth overall
All the students are majoring in animal and poultry science and were coached by Julia McCann in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences.
As the official judges in one of the longest running and most prestigious horse judging contests in the country, the contestants were challenged to place 11 classes of four horses exactly. The classes ranged from conformation to reining, pleasure, hunter hack, western riding, hunter under saddle, trail, and equitation/horsemanship where rider skills were evaluated. Scores were tallied within the halter judging, performance class judging, and oral reasons where contestants explained their reasoning for class placings.
The Virginia Tech Horse Judging Team is appreciative of the APSC, faculty, and others who support their efforts. The Pat Stuart Funds financially supported the team expenses for practice workouts and the competition.