BHC sophomore horse judges ranked No. 1 nationally

BHC horse judges 2015 Congress Champion

Team members Rebecca Janes, Lauren Peterson, Nicole Norton, Hana Murphy, Brooke Catterton and Lillie Beringer, Assistant Coach Kindra Callahan and Coach Aaron Callahan.

The Black Hawk College Sophomore Horse Judging Team ended its 2015 season by becoming the AQHA Junior College World Champions for the 8th time in 10 years.

“Each year our teams compete against the best junior colleges in the country. We are very proud of this year’s AQHA World Champions,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, president of Black Hawk College.

The BHC team score was 2,561 – 45 points ahead of the second-place team.

“The success of our Horse Judging Team demonstrates that excellent instructors coaching great students can achieve amazing results,” she said. “Congratulations to Coach Aaron Callahan and his students!”

The AQHA World Championship Collegiate Judging Contest in Oklahoma City was the last competition for BHC sophomores. The freshmen team will begin competing in March.

The sophomore team members are:

  • Lillie Beringer of Cascade, Iowa
  • Brooke Catterton of Harwood, Md.
  • Rebecca Janes of Peotone, Ill.
  • Hana Murphy of Monroe City, Mo.
  • Nicole Norton of Minooka, Ill.
  • Lauren Peterson of Wyanet, Ill.
Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Team results placing 1 1 1 1
Individual results placing
Nicole Norton 1 4 1 2
Lillie Beringer 7 2 4 3
Brooke Catterton 6 5 5 5
Hana Murphy 4 10 2 7
Rebecca Janes 14 23 6 19
Lauren Peterson 24 28 24 28

In the senior college division, Black Hawk College also had two former judges on the Oklahoma State University World Champion team and four former judges on the Reserve World Champion team for West Texas A&M University.

In October, the BHC Sophomore Horse Judging Team also won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, for the 9th time in 11 years.

Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Team results placing 1 1 2 1
Individual results placing
Rebecca Janes 5 1 6 1
Hana Murphy 1 5 1 2
Nicole Norton 15 8 5 9
Lillie Beringer 2 16 10 11
Brooke Catterton 18 13 15 14
Lauren Peterson 14 20 17 18

Four former BHC students were on the senior college division champion team from West Texas A&M University.


Last updated 11/23/2015