WWU Judging Team competes at American Paint Horse Association Spring Sweepstakes

The William Woods University
judging team and three
learner judges attended the American Paint
Horse Association Spring Sweepstakes
in Alvarado, Texas, April 2.

The APHA Spring
Sweepstakes is an 11-hour contest in which
participants judge 10 classes
and give four sets of reasons to official judges.
Judging team members at
the event were Samantha Chapman, Danielle Heerdt, Christine Whittier, Sheridan
Roe and Alyssa Burgard. The three learner judges were Katie Bigge, Shannon
Yeaton and Laurissa Shackles.  
Almost 200 individual
collegiate contestants and 25 teams participated in the
Classes that were judged
included hunter under saddle, horsemanship, western
pleasure, western riding,
trail, reining, yearling stallions, two-year-old
mares, three and over geldings
and three and over mares.
Jennie Petterson, Western riding
instructor and judging team coach, accompanied
students to the competition.
“WWU competitors had
some high reasons scores and some great scores on the performance judging in
particular.  This is a grueling 11-hour contest (11 hours with no talking
to anyone but the
reasons judges) that tests even
the most seasoned competitor.”