The 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Horse Judging Team worked extremely hard this year and that hard work paid off! This year’s team included: Kathlyn Hauxwell (Animal Science, Pre-Vet) of McCook, NE, Ryan Sedlacek (Hospitality) of Gretna, NE, Alyssa Waits (Animal Science) of Tryon, NE, and Hannah Wiese (Elementary Education) of Papillion, NE, coached by Dr. Kathy Anderson and assistant coach Brooke Parrish, graduate student from Elmwood, IL.
This year’s team traveled to several contests and had the opportunity to interact with other teams across the nation, as well as industry professionals from all over the world. The 2019 team started their season off at the American Paint Horse Association World Show in Fort Worth, TX. Here 65 individuals with 21 teams competed, and it was a great way to kick off the season.
Next, the team traveled to the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH. This is the largest single breed horse show in the world! In Ohio, 53 Senior College individuals and 14 teams competed. Team member Kathlyn Hauxwell had a very successful day in the limited division earning: 5th place in Halter, 3rd place in Performance, 4th place in Reasons and 3rd place overall! Her teammate Hannah Wiese was not far behind with earnings of:16th place in Halter, 11th place in Performance, 8th place in reasons and 10th place overall! These successes got the team fired up for the next contest!
The AQHA World Horse Show in Oklahoma City, OK was another successful day for the team in the limited division. Hannah was 4th high individual in Halter and Kathlyn was 5th high individual in Reasons!
To wrap up the year, the team had an exciting contest at the National Reining Horse Futurity in Oklahoma City, OK. At this contest, contestants had the unique opportunity of judging live runs during the Open Semi Finals! The team was thrilled to earn 6th place Overall with teammate, Alyssa Waits tying for 10th place high individual overall!
Each team member has the opportunity to come back and represent the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the 2020 season in the senior college division. Next year’s season is sure to successful with our veterans and new team members already beginning to put time in at practice! University of Nebraska Lincoln’s horse judging team would like to thank the Department of Animal Science for their continuous support and encouragement! The team is looking forward to another great year!