Horse judging team competes in U.S. Arabian Nationals

Twelve students from William
Woods University’s collegiate horse judging team competed in the U.S. Arabian
Nationals competition Oct. 26 in Tulsa, Okla.

“It was a really fun
experience and our team did really well for how many beginners we had,” Haley
Ostrander of Winthrop
Harbor, Ill., said.

The group consisted of
two teams (green and white) with five people each, along with two learner
judges. Team green placed fifth in the halter division, fourth in performance, fifth
in reasons and then ended up fourth overall.  Team white placed fifth in
performance and finished in sixth as a team.
 
Team green consisted of
Maria Gudger of Portland, Ore.; Amanda Held of Monument, Colo.; Rhianna Jones
of Fresno, Calif.; Ashton Rhine of Rocheport, Mo.; and Sarah Seidel of Kansas
City, Mo.

Team white consisted of
Cristina Christianson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Victoria Frame of Goode, Va.; Megan
Lynne of Clarkfield, Minn.; Alix Polydoros of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Ostrander.

Mallory DeVoll of Alto,
Mich., and Kelly Svoboda of Shakopee, Minn., served as learner judges.

The teams were coached
this year by Jennie Petterson, assistant professor, and Liz Haben, adjunct
clinical instructor.

“I always look forward
to the first competition of the season,” Petterson said.  “We always have
some new faces, and finishing with a team in the fourth spot overall was a
great accomplishment.  With everyone on the teams taking home a top five
ribbon, we had a very happy trip back to Fulton.”
 
“I think the contest
went extremely well,” Jones said. “As a team of new judges, or some with
minimal experience, we were able to do well and clench fourth overall. With
more practice, this team has the potential to go far and do exceptionally
well.”

Rhine, added, “Both of
our teams did very well. I was so proud of all of us as we were all new judges.”
 She said her favorite part of the trip “was
all the little moments and conversations that happened. I made a lot of
memories and can’t wait to judge next semester.”
 
Equestrian students interested
in learning and participating with horse judging are invited to attend a team meeting.
The team meets at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the large EQS classroom to
review and practice material. Tryouts for the next competition will be held in
the spring.