Farm Talk

October 2, 2012

NEO horse judgers sweep contest


Parsons, Kansas — Horse Judgers from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) attended the Reichert Celebration Judging Contest held recently in Fort Worth, Texas, and won High Team Halter, High Team Performance, Reserve High Team Reasons, High Team Overall.

This is the first year for the Reichert Celebration Judging Contest and thousands of dollars in scholarship were awarded.

NEO was the only two year college in the competition, which had 14 teams. NEO captured the title of Champion Collegiate team, beating all the four year universities by an 80 point margin between their team and a second placed Kansas State University

The Reichert Celebration is a large multi-breed horse show in Fort Worth, Texas, which takes place from Aug. 20 to Sept. 9. This event includes hundreds of horse show classes and hosts both Collegiate and Youth Judging Contests. Thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes were awarded to the top five individuals in various divisions and the high team overall.

Team members include:

Ethan Propp–Pryor, Okla.

Katie Jordan–Red Oak, Iowa

Josi Reed–Cave In Rock, Ill.

Tanessa Cowan–Detroit, Texas

Delayna Fitzgerald–Clovis, Calif.

Megan LaRue–Chelsea, Okla.

Ethan Propp, a freshman, won High Individual in Halter, Reserve High Individual in Performance, Third High in Reasons, and High Individual Overall.

Josi Reed was 10th in Halter, Sixth in Performance, Seventh in Reasons, and Fourth High Individual Overall. Tanessa Cowan was Third in Halter, and Fifth Overall. Delayna Fitzgerald was Eigth in Halter, Fifth in Reasons and Seventh Overall. Megan LaRue was Ninth in Performance and Katie Jordan was Third in Performance.

“I am tremendously proud of the accomplishments of the team,” said Shannon Cunningham, NEO Horse Judging Coach. “They have worked hard and deserve this honor. It is an overwhelming feat that they not only defeated the other teams, but that the other teams were all senior college teams, and the point spread from first to second was so large. This is simply a testament to their hard work, talent and ability.”£