Denver’s ‘Bronco Girl’ to speak at WWU

Ann Judge-Wegener, rider of the NFL’s only live mascot, will talk
at William Woods University Friday about her life as the rider of Thunder, the
mascot of the Denver Broncos.
Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, will
be at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 11) in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
Judge-Wegener has trained and ridden both of the purebred
white Arabian stallions that serve as the Broncos’ mascot. The first Thunder was
recently retired after five years on the field with Judge-Wegener, and she
continues to train his successor.
Topics of discussion will include memorable games, Thunder’s
dynamic personality and the preparation of the newest mascot for the Broncos. Judge-Wegener
will also talk about the dedication and devotion required to be Denver’s “Bronco
Girl” and also the great satisfaction of working with great horses and riders.
Having grown up on a small horse farm in Indiana, Judge-Wegener
is also an accomplished judge, instructor and trainer, who has been training
Arabians most of her life. She frequently trains, rides and teaches, and will
be teaching a two-day clinic for western riders at WWU this weekend.

Judge-Wegener on Thunder, the mascot of the Denver Broncos.