Last week the horse judging team traveled to the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, to compete against collegiate horse judging teams from across the nation. The NRBC is one of the largest and most prestigious reining events in the United States, attracting the highest level of professional and amateur competitors from around the world. With a total purse of more than one million dollars, the event is also the richest stallion incentive program in the country.
Our students placed Reserve (second) overall in the team competition, and were the highest ranked community college team at the NRBC. Our students also excelled individually, with three team members placing in the top 15 overall. They are: Katie Richardson – Reserve High Individual, Jordan Matthews – Third High Individual, and Sterling Cumpton – Thirteenth High Individual.
Other members of the team are: Laura Schwiegert (who received a perfect score on one set of oral reasons and averaged 92% in the entire oral component of the competition), Russell Burton, Sarah Murch and Karmon Ronsencrance.
The collegiate judging competition is hosted by the NRBC to promote the reining industry to college students. It included university and community college teams from states such as Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Collegiate contestants competed in three separate events: Scoring Reining; Oral Reasons; and a written test over the NRHA Judges Guide. The competition is designed to resemble the actual Professional Judges Exam used by the governing body of reining, the NRHA.