With two contests as freshmen and one under their belts as sophomores, this team has remained undefeated.
Following two spring contests last year as freshmen, the Black Hawk College Horse Judging Team members finished their first sophomore year contest with a first place Overall win at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in October. This makes the seventh time in eight years Black Hawk College has placed first Overall at this prestigious contest.
Team “A” came home Congress Champions by placing 1st Overall, 1st in Halter, 1st in Reasons and 3rd in Performance. Team “B” followed with a 2nd in Performance, 3rd in Halter and 3rd in Reasons to earn a 3rd Overall placing.
Congress Overall Individual rankings, BHC had five students place in the top 10 rankings:
- Morgan Gadd of Fishers, Ind. – 2nd Overall, 2nd Halter, 4th Reasons, 8th Performance
- Sarah Schobert of Salem, Va. – 3rd Overall, 4th Halter, 8th Reasons, 10th Performance
- Ashley Davis of Russiaville, Ind. – 4th Overall, 3rd Halter, 3rd Reasons
- Josh Clevenger of Mt. Olive, Ill. — 7th Overall, 3rd Performance, 5th Reasons
- Sarah Lewis of Fishers, Ind. — 8th Overall, 1st Performance, 10th Reasons
- Austin Scholl of Menoken, N.D. – 4th Performance
- Josh Murphy of Ewing, Mo – 6th Halter
- Sarah Simpson of Dennison, Ill. – 9th Reasons
- Katie Grimm of Bettendorf, Iowa – 9th Performance
- Amanda Sonnenberg of Crystal Lake, Ill. – 10th Halter
- Caryn Scholl of Menoken, N.D. rounded out the team.
The sophomore horse judging team members will finish out their BHC judging careers mid-November at the American Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Horse Judging Team alum also finished well in the Senior College Division at Congress. Felicia Kimmel of Bradley, Ill. placed 1st Overall and Kayla Wells of Aurora, Ill. placed 2nd Overall for West Texas A & M. Lauren Wells of Benfield, Ill. was 5th place Overall for the Oklahoma State University team.