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resented WT very well. The Best of Texas Ranch Rodeo series ended its


Contributed by Laura Cannon The West Texas A&M


University Horse Judging Teamwon the overall cham- pionship title as well as all cat- egories – halter, performance, and reasons - October 14 at this year’s All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH. The team garnered a total of 3,055 points for the first-place title and 3,016 points for third place, making it the only university with two teams placing in the top ten. WTAMU junior Bailey Forester won the overall individual title, and five teammates joining her in the top ten were Sydney Reynolds, Breanna Gre- bin, Jori Wendt, Kendra Smith, and Rachel Riddle. Other team members were Riley Ryburn, Sumer Opinker, Samantha Packard, and Ashley Reeves. Dr. John Pipkin, director of the WTAMU equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team, stated, “The team has been working dili- gently to be prepared, and I’m very proud of every one of them. They rep-


first year with finals competition October 16-17 at Bra- zos Valley Expo Center in Bryan. Teams competed over 2 days in four events; sorting, branding, mugging, and pasture roping. The action-packed short go ended with


Bar B Ranch team


members Matt Ben- ton, Doug Burdette, Ty Brzozowski & Jeffrey Ketkoski.


Bar B Ranch taking first winning a total of $14,000, with a total working time of 110.66 for 4 events. Bar B team members were Matt Benton, Doug Burdette, Ty Brzo- zowski, and Jeffery Ketkoski. Lovell Ranch took second place and a $7,000 check for 141.39, with members being Jake Conrad, Colby Lovell, Brian Leathers, and Shane Philipp. Bar AK, with Shawn Kalina, Corey Pharris, Chad Reinke, and Mac Weil, took third with a 215.01 total time and earning $5,000. Lacy Martin, riding for Rice Ranch, took home a B. Mauney custom bridle for Top Horse, Flicka. Doug Burdette received custom spurs by B. Mauney for taking Top Hand honors.


Texas Pony of the Americas Club’s October 17 show, held at Flying Dollar Ranch, Italy, was blessed with


gorgeous weather, fun camaraderie, and awesome horses. High-point cham- pions included The Lady Has Spoken (leadline/Raleigh Self), Kid Comet (novice/ Brylee Tucker), RQT Goldminer Traditions (9&u/Avery Newsom), Chips Are Smooth (10-14/Kylee Phillips), SRB Royal Spanish Gold (14- 18/Savannah Baugh), and Stars Freckles Delux (adult/Casey Cink).


USTRC’s October 17 40-Plus Team Roping in Sweetwater paid out


$33,790. Average champions included Hippie Sanchez/ Kenneth Wooten (#11-slide/33.89-4), Terry Brown/Flint Hillhouse (#10/35.89-4), Mike


24 SouthWest Horse Trader December 2015


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