The University of Tennessee Horse Judging Team

The 2018-2019 UT Horse Judging Teams each had successful seasons, with opportunities to judge some of the best horses in the world. The team worked hard and were rewarded with tours of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Fort Sill Field Artillery Museum and Polo Field, the American Paint Horse Association Headquarters, Outlaw Equine Hospital, and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Each tour gave students insight into unique aspects of the Equine Industry.
The 2018 team included: Isabella Hughes (SR Animal Science), Amber Gentry (JR Animal Science), Katilyn Lewter (SR Animal Science), Alec Tester (SR Animal Science), and Erin Roberts (SR ALEC). The team traveled to Oklahoma and Texas for two contests testing their ability to evaluate specific disciplines and rulebook requirements. For the first time in UT history, the team competed in the National Reining Horse Association contest in Oklahoma City, OK during the NRHA Futurity. The team judged some of the best reining horses in the world, and were 8th High Team Overall.
The team then traveled to Fort Worth, TX for the National Cutting Horse Association contest during the NCHA World Championship Futurity. Another contest putting the team in the judging seat for several performances, with a rulebook test and penalty clip test as well. The team finished 9th Overall amid strong competition.
The 2019 team included: Victoria Hopkins (JR Animal Science), Amber Gentry (JR Animal Science), Katilyn Lewter (SR Animal Science), and Erin Roberts (SR ALEC), with Isabella Hughes (SR Animal Science) competing as an individual. This team competed at Middle Tennessee State University's Spring contest where they evaluated conformation and performance classes. The team dominated the contest, with the following placings:
Team Division:

  • High Team Overall, as well as High Team in Halter, Performance, and Reasons
  • Amber Gentry: High Individual Overall, as well as High Individual in Performance and Reasons
  • Erin Thomas: 3rd High Individual Overall and 2nd High Individual in Performance
  • Katilyn Lewter: 8th High Individual Overall, as well as 3rd High Individual  in Reasons and 5th High Individual in Halter
  • Victoria Hopkins: 10th High Individual Overall

Individual Division:

  • Isabella Hughes: 7th High Individual Overall and 4th High Individual in Halter


​Contact Information

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

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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.

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