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National Arabian Horse Youth Judging Contest
Winners Divy Up $10,000 In Scholarships and Prizes

Livestock Update, February 1998

Larry Lawrence, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

On October 24, 1997 National Arabian Horse Youth Judging Contest winners took home over $10,000 in scholarships, saddles and gifts. Forty teams from all over the United States and Canada participated in the judging contest sponsored by the International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA).

The contest was held in conjunction with IAHA's 1997 U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Youth representing 4-H/FFA, IAHA clubs and universities competed in the judging competition.

Tamara Pacho from California Polytechnic University in Pomona not only won the Overall Senior Individual Award but also the Overall High Individual of the entire contest. Pacho's wins netted her a $750 scholarship, trophy saddle, boots and a bronze Fadhli Arts sculpture. Colorado State University won the Senior Overall Team Award.

The 4-H/FFA Overall Individual winner was Sara Watson from the Virginia 4-H B Team. In addition to prizes Watson received, she's also the first recipient of the IAHA/Ohio University perpetual $2,500 scholarship. Watson's team, Virginia 4-H B, was also the 4-H/FFA Overall Team winner. Brooke Markley won the Junior IAHA Overall Individual title and her team, the Junior Colorado Arabian Horse Club, won the Junior IAHA Overall Team Award.

All individual winners received a $750 scholarship from the International Arabian Horse Foundation (IAHF) and the Arabian Horse Registry of America (AHR), a trophy saddle from the Arabian Saddle Company and a certificate for a pair of Ariat boots. Each team member won a $250 scholarship from IAHF and AHR. Winning team coaches received a 1997 Arabian Horse Bookshelf CD-ROM from AHR.

All contestants judged a rigorous schedule of four halter and six performance classes. The competitors' placings were scored against an ideal placing determined by a panel of four respected guest judges. Contestants gave well-articulated defenses for their placements of two halter classes and two performance classes. These defenses, called reasons, were judged as well.

Next year the National Arabian Horse Youth Judging Contest will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, October 23, 1998 at the U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show.

For more information on the National Arabian Horse Judging Contest or IAHA youth programs contact IAHA at 10805 East Bethany Drive, Aurora CO 80014; (303) 696-4500; fax (303) 696-4599. The International Arabian Horse Association is a 30,000 member non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Arabian horse breeds. In addition to approving over 450 show and distance riding competitions in the United States and Canada each year, IAHA formulates rules and regulations for the industry, disseminates information and administers the Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horse registries.

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