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Equine Judging Team Claims Third Place
By Jenny Bjelland
UW-RF News Bureau
JAN. 28, 2005--The UW-River Falls horse judging team concluded the fall
judging season placing third of 22 teams at the National Reining Horsing
Association Futurity Intercollegiate Judging Contest in Oklahoma City,
According to team coach and animal science Professor Kristina Hiney, the
contest required the students to demonstrate an immense amount of knowledge
of the equine industry comparable to that of professional equine judges.
The contest is very similar to the process that NRHA judge applicants
must complete during their testing process, said Hiney.
The contest began on Dec. 2, 2004, with students taking a written rulebook
test and a penalty clip test. On Dec. 3, the students judged 20 live runs
where they were required to rank all 20 horses in the correct order according
to the NRHA judges and then match the score for each run with the actual
The third place finish at the NRHA Futurity ended the team's successful
fall judging schedule which also included a 4th place overall finish for
the sophomore team in the junior college division at the All American
Quarter Horse Congress and an 8th place overall finish for the team at
American Quarter Horse Association World Show.
The UW-RF judging team consisted of eight UW-RF students: Lacy Crownhart,
a senior animal science major from Verona, Wis.; Cassandra Tousey, a senior
animal science major from Gillett, Wis.; Trisha Keller, a senior animal
science major from Palmyra, Wis.; Kim Holtz, a senior animal science major
from Vesper, Wis.; Heather Reichert, a senior broad area agriculture major
from Marshfield, Wis.; Sara Novotny, a sophomore animal science major
from Hazelhurst, Wis.; Jessica Yocum, a sophomore animal science major
from Mora, Minn.; and Gretchen Semrud, a sophomore animal science major
from Hugo, Minn.
Yocum led the team to its third place finish by claiming the sixth high
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