UGA Dawgs Compete in the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress Horse Judging Contest

After many years of absence, The UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department supported students to participate in the largest and longest running horse judging contest in the United States, the Ohio Quarter Horse Congress. Held in Columbus, OH, youth and collegiate teams gathered from across the country to judge some of the very best Quarter Horses in the breed. The collegiate competition offered three divisions, the Junior college team, Senior college team, and the Limited division for students to compete individually if a team of five was not possible.

Participating in the Limited division were Jenna Farmer of Conyers and Trent Fowler of Covington, GA. Both students were past members of GA 4-H. After practicing at GA horse shows and farms, they sidelined at the Congress show to refine their skills and oral reasons for the competition. The Ohio Quarter Horse Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the world and draws 650,000 in attendance! A highlight for sure was watching the Free Style Reining class at the Congress!

The contest was composed of 3 halter classes and 9 performance classes that ranged from ranch riding to hunter hack, reining, western riding, western pleasure, trail, horsemanship, and equitation. The students also presented an oral explanation for their reasoning for placing two classes chosen for the competition.

Trent received recognition for placing second in oral reasons and in performance judging of all the event classes. Jenna also had a strong performance and both Dawgs learned a lot about national competition against other universities and their programs.

The students were coached by Dr. Julia McCann, faculty member of the Animal and Dairy Science Department. Special thanks are extended to the Jason English Farm in Madison, GA for a quality workout as well as to Dr. Francis Fluharty and the ADSC Department for the financial support to make the trip a possible.


pictured (L-R): Trent Fowler, Jenna Farmer, and Dr. Julia McCann


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