Seven members of the Shelby County Equine Team recently attended the American Junior Paint Horse Association and Appaloosa Youth Association Youth World Championship Horse Judging Contest held Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Fifteen teams competed in the junior division and 31 teams were entered in the senior division. The World show competition runs from June 27-July 5.
Junior team members representing Shelby county were Haylee Ishmael, Amanda Hall, Jaden Hadowsky and Hallie Horsman. Senior team members were Rylee McKinney, Ashlyn Rhodes and Teri Hall.
Hallie Horsman received a top 10 placing finishing as the 7th place individual overall in the junior division. Hallie also received an 8th place ribbon in performance and had the 2nd highest placings score, with five perfect scores.
Haylee Ishmael had the 10th highest reason score which ended up 17th overall after all the tie breakers. Amanda Hall placed 21st overall at her first national contest, placing18th in performance, with three perfect scores in the pattern classes.
The junior team placed ninth overall, nine points from the top five. They received seventh in placings, ninth in halter and seventh in performance, just 2 points from a 5th place ribbon. The senior team finished 21st overall.
The contest has been considered the largest national youth horse judging competition. The contest consisted of placing six performance classes and four halter classes. Contestants then gave two sets of oral reasons in the junior division and four sets in the senior division. Junior reasons were on three-year-old mares and western pleasure. Senior reasons also were three-year-old mares and western pleasure as well as aged geldings and trail.
Team members also spent Saturday, June 28, touring the Jud Little Ranch near Ardmore, Oklahoma. After spending time with Jud Little at his ranch office, two staff members, Tiana and Ryan, led the group on a tour of the facilities where they observed several stallions like Cash Not Credit and Bug In My Frosty as well as JL Dash Ta Heaven, who holds a record for fastest time on a standard barrel pattern in an outdoor arena.