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Judging Teams

Posted: December 21, 2011

Student teams earn honors

Dairy Cattle Judging Team

The Dairy Cattle Judging Team earned third place overall at the 2010 National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest in Madison and at the All American Invitational in Harrisburg. Team members included Philip Bachman, Sara Bechtel, Nathan Oleniacz, and Hannah Wentworth. At the Harrisburg contest, Bechtel placed second overall and Bachman was seventh overall and second in oral reasons. At the national contest, team members Oleniacz, Bechtel, and Wentworth all earned All-American honors. Another team consisting of Dustin Gates, Rebecca Shaw, Ariel Taxdal, and Derek Wasson placed sixth overall and fourth in oral reasons at the North American Livestock Expo's Dairy Judging Contest.

Horse Judging Team

The team placed in the top five in all divisions at the national Horse Judging Contest held at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH on October 19th. Universities and colleges from across the country were in attendance.

In a very competitive Junior Collegiate team competition, Penn State placed 3rd in halter judging, 4th in performance judging, 4th in oral reasons, and 4th overall. The sophomores representing Penn State in the Junior Collegiate contest were Elizabeth Pope, Danville, PA (animal science, equine science minor); Melissa Wise, Bloomington, IL (animal science, equine science minor); Justene Testa, Latrobe, PA (animal science, equine science minor); Jillian Spector, Woodcliff Lake, NJ (animal science, equine science minor); Lacey Floyd, Benton, PA (animal science, equine science minor); and Laura Killian, Lancaster, PA (marketing, equine science minor). Students were required to judge 12 classes and then prepare and present oral reasons to designated listeners to justify their placings. Contestants are scored based on the official placing of the class and their oral reasons. Penn State fielded a complete team, one individual in the Junior College division and two individuals in the Limited Division. The Team is coached by Brian Egan.

Heather Stultz, Hampstead, MD (animal science, equine science minor), and Jodi Letham, Clymer, PA (agricultural science, agronomy minor) competed as individuals in the newly developed (2nd year) Limited Division. This division is designed to provide students an opportunity to experience a national judging competition in preparation for future years. Both students represented Penn State well and Heather earned top ten honors in Halter judging. These students will continue to hone their skills for one more year of eligibility in the Senior College division during either the 2012 or 2013 judging season.

Livestock Judging Team

The team of Courtney Cowden, Sarah Doyle, Kelli-Jo Lucas, and Courtney Smith competed in four contests this fall: the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, PA, Eastern National in MD, American Royal in Kansas City, MO, and the North American International in Louisville, KY. Ten universities were represented at KILE this year. Doyle finished 1st in beef, 5th in sheep, 8th in reasons, and 4th overall. At the Eastern National, Lucas was 2nd in swine and 9th in beef finishing 7th overall.  Cowden was 6th in sheep, 8th in reasons, and 10th overall. Doyle was 5th in both beef and reasons. Smith was 8th in sheep. At the American Royal, team members competed against over 140 students. Cowden was 3rd high individual in sheep only 3 points from the top spot. 

The team then traveled to Louisville, KY for the National Contest held at the North American International Livestock Exposition, where 154 students competed. Cowden was the high member on the team overall, finishing in the top 1/3 of the contest. Smith turned in the best placing score on the team. Cowden and Lucas finished in the top 25% in beef and swine, respectively.