The William Woods University Horse Judging Team travelled to Fort Worth, Texas, April 18-21, to compete against more than 40 other collegiate judging teams at the American Paint Horse Association Intercollegiate Spring Sweepstakes.
Thirty-two colleges were represented, with 162 total individuals competing. Many schools brought multiple teams. Among the colleges participating were Cal Poly State University, Clemson University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M, University of Florida and Virginia Tech.
Isabelle Hilgers of Warrenville, Ill., was the only WWU student to place in the top 10, and she received seventh out of 162 collegiates in the performance category.
Additionally, Leah Szyp of Rockford, Ill., and Miranda Morris of Tebbetts, Mo., had personal best scores in oral reasons, achieving scores of 48 out of 50 in two classes. Caitlin Ferguson of Las Cruces, N.M., and Jodie Howard of Belmont, Calif., rounded out the team and had terrific class scores and strong reason scores.
Jennie Petterson, assistant professor of equestrian science at WWU, serves as the team’s advisor.