Football games may dominate the fall social calendar for many Hokies but not the Virginia Tech Horse Judging Team. This past fall, eight students came together to prepare for two national competitions.
This team of students made the extra commitment to learn the criteria for conformation and performance judging of 12 different events in the quarter horse judging contests. In addition to the challenges of judging everything from hunter under saddle to ranch riding, equitation, reining, and calf tie down, students became very competent in the delivery of oral reasons, a competition category where students orally defend their class placings to a judge and are scored on their accuracy and quality of delivery.
Judging in the limited division at the Ohio Quarter Horse Contest in Columbus, Ohio were Taylor Franzreb of Navesink, New Jersey; Lexy Golub of Leesburg, Virginia; Harleigh Humphries of Middleburg, Virginia; and Stevie Williams of Centreville, Virginia. The limited division competitors judge the full slate of classes but give fewer oral reasons than competitors in the senior team division. Competitors in the limited division only compete for individual awards. Lexy and Harleigh tied for fifth overall in the limited division. Both Stevie and Lexy placed in the top ten individuals in performance and reasons while Taylor was tenth in reasons.