Black Hawk College Horse Judges World Champions

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

With two contests as freshmen and two contests as sophomores, this team has remained undefeated.

For the second year in a row and the fifth of the last six years, the Black Hawk College East Campus Horse Judging Team, coached by Aaron Callahan, has brought home the title of World Champions. Following two spring contests last year as freshmen, the sophomore horse judging team members finished their BHC judging careers Nov. 16 as world champions at the American Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Team “A” came home World Champions by placing first Overall, first in Performance, first in Reasons and second in Halter. Team “B” followed with a second in Performance, fourth in Halter and fourth in Reasons to earn a third Overall placing.

This contest followed the All American Quarter Horse Congress contest in October when the team placed first Overall for the sixth time in seven years, earning firsts in all categories: Halter, Performance and Reasons.

Congress Overall Individual rankings, BHC had six students place in the top 10 rankings:

· Lauren Wells of Benfield -- First Overall, First Halter, First Performance, Second Reasons

· Faith Schliech of Monmouth – Second Overall, Second Halter, Seventh Reasons, Ninth Performance

· Brice Howell of Greentown, Ind. – Third Overall, Third Performance, Fourth Reasons

· Tillie Brotherton of Central Point, Ore. -- Seventh Overall, Fifth Performance, Eighth Reasons

· Kayla Wells of Aurora, Ill. -- Eighth Overall, Sixth Performance, Tenth Halter , Tenth Reasons

· Brooke Fruits of Auburn, Ind. – Tenth Overall, Fourth Halter, Sixth Reasons

· Emily Ericson of Hudsonville, Mich. – Fourth Performance

· Kayla Bridgeman of Ewing, Mo. rounded out the team.

World Overall Individual rankings, BHC had six students place in the top 10 rankings:

· Kayla Wells of Aurora -- First Overall, First Performance, First Reasons, Seventh Halter

· Lauren Wells of Benfield – Second Overall, Second Performance, Fourth Reasons, Fifth Halter

· Brice Howell of Greentown, Ind. – Third Overall, Third Halter, Fifth Performance, Eighth Reasons

· Brooke Fruits of Auburn, Ind. – Sixth Overall, Third Performance, Ninth Reasons

· Emily Ericson of Hudsonville, Mich. – Ninth Overall, Eighth Halter, Eighth Performance

· Kayla Bridgeman of Ewing, Mo. – Sixth Performance

· Tillie Brotherton of Central Point, Ore. -- Ninth Halter

· Faith Schliech of Monmouth – rounded out the team

The freshmen now take over the reins in their first competition for the horse judging team at the MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) Spring Contest during the last week of March.