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.