Posted: December 17, 2010
Penn State's 2010 Horse Judging Team competed at the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus Ohio in October with much success. The university was represented by a total of 12 students in the contest. Students competing in the Senior College division included: Constance Anderson, Krystal Miller, Linsey Etz, Chelsie Walter, Jamie Lau, Harrison Frantz, Jessie Thomson, and Terri Woodling. Other students included Kristen Hayman, Alek Tomazin, and Hannah Long in the junior college division, along with Kylie Mitchell in the limited division.
The senior team had a good day, placing 8th in halter, 9th in performance, 8th in oral reasons, and 9th overall. Individually, students on the senior team all placed in the top 50 overall, highlighted by Constance Anderson placing 5th in performance and 15th overall. In the junior college and limited divisions, all students gained crucial experience at the national level, highlighted by Kylie Mitchell's 2nd place finish in the halter division of the limited. Watch for these underclassmen in future years.
In November, a group of our finest represented PSU at the AQHA World Championship show by competing in the collegiate horse judging contest. The team represented the department extremely well in a very competitive contest. Students competing were Krystal Miller, Linsey Etz, Constance Anderson, Harrison Frantz, Jamie Lau, and Chelsie Walter. In the end, the team placed a very respectable 7th in halter judging, 7th in performance judging, 6th in oral reasons, and 6th overall. There were 14 full teams competing and with a possible 3600 points per team; our group was only 8 points out of 3rd place overall and 15 away from earning Reserve World Champion status.
Individual highlights included Jamie Lau placing 14th in halter judging and 8th in oral reasons, as well as Harrison Frantz placing 13th in halter, 11th in performance and a fantastic 7th overall.If you see any of these students in class or in the hallways, please take the opportunity to congratulate them for a job well done in Oklahoma City.
The team had another successful campaign. The team placed 1st both overall and in oral reasons at the Eastern States Exposition. Joshua Ebert placed 2nd overall, Peter Yoder placed 3rd, Elaina Rader placed 5th, and Amy Yeiser placed 11th. Yeiser was high individual for Guernseys and Ebert was high individual for Jerseys. At the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, the team placed 6th overall and 4th in oral reasons.
From Harrisburg, the team traveled to Madison, WI for the National Intercollegiate Contest, where they earned 4th place overall honors and placed 3rd in oral reasons. The team also placed 2nd in Ayrshires and Holsteins, 3rd in Jerseys, 4th in Milking Shorthorns, 6th in Brown Swiss, and 9th in Guernseys. Ebert was 5th high overall individual and 3rd in oral reasons, while Rader and Yoder also earned All-American recognition.
In November, another team traveled to Louisville, KY for the North American Livestock Expo Contest. The team placed 2nd overall and 4th in oral reasons. Hannah Wentworth was the 3rd high overall individual, followed closely by Philip Bachman in 4th. Nathan Oleniacz was high individual for Jerseys. The team placed in the top five for every breed.
The Livestock Judging Team competed in five contests this fall. At Eastern National the team placed 3rd overall. Warren Soergel was 2nd in beef and 5th in reasons; Ryan Fairbairn was 5th in sheep. Fairbairn and William Nichols both finished in the top 10 individuals overall. The Keystone Collegiate Contest was the largest in recent years, with 9 universities competing. The Penn State team finished 4th in swine. Joshua Ebert was the high individual for Penn State, finishing 11th in swine and 12th overall. The team competed at two contests in Indiana. At the American Royal, Joshua Ebert was the high individual on the team, finishing 20th overall in swine. The team finished 18th out of 27 teams. At the North American International Livestock Exposition, the team was 20th out of 31 universities.