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The University of Tennessee Horse Judging Team

The University of Tennessee has a strong tradition in Livestock Judging, and the Horse Judging Team is challenging itself to grow after a few years of decreased activity. Horse Judging provides students the opportunity to travel across the country and evaluate different horse breeds and disciplines. Team members evaluate horses and give oral reasons, or a verbal defense of their placings, while competing against other collegiate teams. Students gain valuable skills including public speaking and critical thinking while making valuable contacts in the equine industry. Horse Judging is open to any student interested in learning more about selection, evaluation, and conformation for different breeds and disciplines. It is highly recommended that students take ANSC 360 to enhance their knowledge prior to joining the team.

The UT Horse Judging Team attended the All American Quarter Horse Congress for the first time last year, and will attend again this fall. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in additional contests this season, including the U.S. National Arabian Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October, the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in November and the Middle Tennessee State University contest in Murfreesboro, TN in March.

The first UT Youth & Intercollegiate Horse Judging Contest will be held September 16, 2016 at Elder’s Last Lap Ranch in Maryville, TN. In recent years, horse judging contests have seen a decline, so UT decided to offer a contest to increase interest and provide additional practice for teams heading to larger competitions this fall. Students can participate as a team, or as individuals. Awards will be given in Halter, Performance, Reasons, and Overall for Teams and Individuals competing in the four divisions. 


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Contact Information

Image of Lacey JohnstonLacey Johnston
2506 River Drive
269 Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-6390 

 UT Horse Judging 

Why Join?

Horse Judging Team members will have the opportunity to travel to contests across the country, enhance their critical thinking and public speaking skills, build professional, industry, and community relationships, and foster lifelong friendships.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, or would like to contribute to the team’s fUTure, please contact Lacey Johnston at

Suppport Us

If you would like to support the Horse Judging Team, consider a gift through the UT Foundation. Use this direct link to contribute.




​Team Member Spotlight

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Name: Katilyn Lewter
Major: Animal Science
Rank: Sophomore
Hometown: Fayetteville, TN
Goals after UT: After UT, I plan to attend Veterinary School where I can gain the knowledge and skills needed to move back home to Lincoln County and become a Large Animal Veterinarian. I would also like to intern somewhere out West that specializes in Equine Medicine after I graduate to acquire hands on experience in the industry.
Favorite Contest thus far: I really enjoyed getting to attend the All American Quarter Horse Congress this past year. I had never been before, and seeing the quality of horses that were up there competing was extremely worthwhile. We competed against some well known schools, and doing as well as we did was a great confidence booster starting my time off here at UT.
Favorite memory of HJT: My favorite memory with the horse judging team is probably the road trips. Whether we were headed to Ohio for a competition or just into Maryville for practice, I got to bond with my teammates and make new friends who were interested in some of the same things I was.

Favorite Quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”