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UW Horse Judging Team places second at 2011 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship

Their neck-and-neck finish at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship competition Nov. 16 and the team’s second-place finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress last month is a storybook tale, said the coach of the University of Wyoming (UW) Horse Judging Team.

“Our success is truly a Cinderella story,” said Amy McLean, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and extension equine specialist. West Texas A&M edged UW out of first by one point during competition in Oklahoma City. Twelve teams participated.

The reserve world champion senior horse judging team competed against the top equine programs in the country, many that have judging team legacies, said McLean.

“We beat them all at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and we turn around at an even tougher contest and, like a racehorse that’s 40-1, we slipped up the rail and lost by a photo finish to West Texas A&M – a school and program that has many judging titles,” she said.

West Texas A&M finished with 3,296 points, UW garnered 3,295 and Kansas State University was third with 3,283 points.

UW finished third in performance and fourth in halter and reasons. Stephanie Schroeder of Douglas was fourth overall, first in reasons and placed seventh in performance judging. Lacey Teigen of Laramie was eighth-high individual, and teammates Lisa Eckhardt of Watkinsville, GA, Corinna Slingerland of Lander and Ruth Uptain of Casper placed in the top 20 overall.

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“It really was a dream come true for each of the girls on the team,” said McLean. “They worked so hard and judged so consistent it says a lot about their dedication for judging.”

The team competes next at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Dec. 1-2 in Oklahoma City.

Their neck-and-neck finish at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship competition Nov. 16 and the team’s second-place finish at the All American Quarter Horse Congress last month is a storybook tale, said the coach of the University of Wyoming (UW) Horse Judging Team.

“Our success is truly a Cinderella story,” said Amy McLean, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science and extension equine specialist. West Texas A&M edged UW out of first by one point during competition in Oklahoma City. Twelve teams participated.

The reserve world champion senior horse judging team competed against the top equine programs in the country, many that have judging team legacies, said McLean.

“We beat them all at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and we turn around at an even tougher contest and, like a racehorse that’s 40-1, we slipped up the rail and lost by a photo finish to West Texas A&M – a school and program that has many judging titles,” she said.

West Texas A&M finished with 3,296 points, UW garnered 3,295 and Kansas State University was third with 3,283 points.

UW finished third in performance and fourth in halter and reasons. Stephanie Schroeder of Douglas was fourth overall, first in reasons and placed seventh in performance judging. Lacey Teigen of Laramie was eighth-high individual, and teammates Lisa Eckhardt of Watkinsville, GA, Corinna Slingerland of Lander and Ruth Uptain of Casper placed in the top 20 overall.

“It really was a dream come true for each of the girls on the team,” said McLean. “They worked so hard and judged so consistent it says a lot about their dedication for judging.”

The team competes next at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Dec. 1-2 in Oklahoma City.

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