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Horse Judging Team Competes at Quarter Horse Congress

Oct. 30, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Horse Judging Team was among 22 collegiate teams from across the country that competed at the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress Collegiate Judging Contest on Oct. 16, at the Ohio State Fair and Expo Center in Columbus, OH. Teams judged 4 halter classes, 8 performance classes and presented oral reasons on five of the 12 classes. Team members competing in the Senior College division include: Meaghan Bari, Wakeman, Ohio; Sara Bradley, New Concord, Ohio; Robert Jackson, Chardon, Ohio; Bekah Meller, Pettisville, Ohio; and Amber Vannoy, Grove City, Ohio. Team members competing in the Limited division include Casey Garrison, Middletown, Ohio; Cara Linse, Powell, Ohio; and Duane Stutzman, Coshocton, Ohio. Ohio State was all business at the contest placing 10th high team overall, 11th in halter, 10th in performance and 12th in reasons in the Senior College division. Bekah Meller led the team placing 12th in the performance division and finishing in the top 25 individuals overall. Three junior members of the team competed individually in the Limited Division with team member Casey Garrison taking top honors as high individual overall, 1st in halter, 2nd in performance and 4th in reasons. Additionally, Duane Stutzman finished 8th in halter and 5th in reasons and Cara Linse placed 8th in the performance division. Congress was the first national contest since 2004 in which The OSU Horse Judging Team has competed as a team. The team is excited to represent The Ohio State University and will compete in the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Judging Contest in November in Oklahoma City, OK. Coach Masa Alman said that the team could not have been successful without the help of assistant coach, graduate student, Ben Wenner and support of several industry professionals including Jennifer Moshier (The Balanced Hoof and Horse), Tony Kennedy (TK Performance Horses), Chuck Schroeder, Kay Tracey Tammy Lickliter (Millenium Quarters) and Pepper Proffit (Proud Heritage Training Center). Alman also attributes the accomplishments of the team to leadership from her senior members and hard work and dedication from every member, which has allowed the team to have fun and be competitive from the start. For more information about the OSU Horse Judging Team, please contact Masa Alman at or 614-688-8109.