Black Hawk College signs two horse-judging recruits

Rachel Riddle

From left: Aaron Callahan, Horse Judging Coach; Rachel Riddle and Ashley Middleswarth, Recruiter

Black Hawk College East Campus recently signed two horse-judging recruits for the 2013-14 school year – Rachel Riddle, a senior at Olympia High School in Stanford, Ill., and Danielle Neisendorf, a senior at Genoa-Kingston High School in Genoa, Ill.

Over the last three years, these two young ladies have faced some heavy competition at national horse judging contests, most recently finishing on the first place team at the 2012 Quarter Horse Youth World, Appaloosa Youth World, and Arabian National horse judging contests.

In 2012, Danielle also was on the Reserve World Champion Horse Bowl Team. She placed 3rd High Individual at Appaloosa World; was on the Reserve Champion team for Pony of the Americas (POAC) National at Congress where she place 9th High Individual in Reasons; and placed 4th High Individual in Reasons at the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

Danielle Neisendorf

From left: Aaron Callahan, Horse Judging Coach; Danielle Neisendorf and Ashley Middleswarth, Recruiter

Rachel was 2nd High Individual Overall and 1st in Reasons at the Appaloosa Youth World.  She was 4th in Halter, 5th in Reasons and 6th overall at the Quarter Horse Youth World contest.  She was also on the Reserve Team at the Pony of the Americas (POAC) National at Congress and placed 8th as High Individual at the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

In 2011, Danielle and Rachel were on the Reserve Youth Team at Arabian Nationals. Rachel also was on the 2011 Champion Youth Team at Quarter Horse Congress and on the Champion Team at the Pony of the Americas (POA’s), and was the 4th High Team Overall at AQHA Youth World contest. Danielle was on the Reserve World Horse Bowl Team at AQHA Youth World.

In 2010, Rachel was on the Champion Open Team at Paint Youth World  and a member of the Champion Team at Appaloosa Youth World

Rachel began horse judging at age 10 as a member of the McLean County 4-H Horse Judging Team.

In addition to judging, Rachel enjoys showing her APHA mare, A Tart of Charisma. She’s a member of the Illinois Youth Paint Horse Association and the Illinois Quarter Horse Youth Association. Rachel is a nine-year member of the Blazing Saddles 4-H Club and is currently serving her second term as club president. She’s a member of Olympia FFA and is a four-year member of the Olympia High School Dance Team.

Rachel would like to thank her McLean County 4-H Horse Judging Coaches in addition to her teammates, grandparents and parents for all of their support throughout the years. Rachel is looking forward to attending Black Hawk College in the Fall (2013) and being part of the college’s exceptional horse judging program.

Danielle, who began riding horses at age 4, joined her local H-Bar-P 4-H Club at age 9. She joined FFA during her freshman year in high school is currently is the group’s vice president. She is a three-year state qualifier for the high jump on her track team and a National Honor Society member.

Both Rachel and Danielle would like to thank their national horse judging coach, Paul Rogers of Quincy, Ill.

Paul Rogers is an alum of Black Hawk College East Campus. Attending in the late 80’s, Paul was a member of the horse judging team then-coached by Jon Wolf. Paul transferred to Middle Tennessee State University after graduation where he continued competing at a four-year collegiate level. After MTSU, Paul worked in the equine industry both on a private and public level, managing the horse barn at Clemson University in South Carolina for a time. Since 2005, Paul has coached the state 4-H horse Judging Team and the Illinois Youth Quarter Horse Association Horse Judging Team.

To date, at least eight of Paul’s team members have attended Black Hawk College to start their collegiate horse-judging careers.