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Virginia State 4-H Horse Judging Team

Livestock Update, November 2002

Yvonne Miller, Coach

The Virginia State 4-H Horse Judging Teams competed at the 32nd Annual International Arabian Horse Judging Contest held October 17, in Louisville Kentucky. More than 30 teams participated in this yearıs contest in the three divisions: 4-H/FFA, IAHA Junior and Senior. Each year, winners divide over $10,000 in generously donated scholarships, saddles, boots, ribbons, trophies, books, jewelry, and gifts.

Members of the Virginia A Team included: Rachel Bandy, Jordan Liskey, Torey Lockwood and Ashley Martin. This team placed second in Halter, first in Performance, second in Reasons, and second Overall earning them the title of Reserve National Champions.

Members of the Virginia B Team included: Micah Pugh, Josh Runion, Jessie Campbell, and Megan Goodloe. This team placed first in Halter, third in Performance, first in Reasons and first Overall earning them the title of National Champions. Each member of this team took home a $250 scholarship.

Virginia team members also earned individual recognition. In fact, all eight members received individual recognition in one of the four competition areas. Jessie Campbell, from Albemarle County, placed second in Halter, ninth in Performance, first in reasons and fourth Overall. Megan Goodloe, from Hanover County, placed seventh in Reasons. Jordan Liskey, from Rockingham County, placed first in Performance and fifth Overall. Torey Lockwood, from Clark County, placed tenth in Halter. Ashley Martin, from Hanover County, placed eighth in Halter and tenth Overall. Micah Pugh, from Rockingham County, placed fourth in Halter, fourth in Performance, second in Reasons and third Overall. Josh Runion, from Rockingham County, placed first in Halter, sixth in Reasons, and fifth Overall.

High Individual Overall was Rachel Bandy from Botetout County. Ms. Bandy also earned seventh in Halter, second in Performance, and fourth in Reasons. Ms. Bandy received a $750 scholarship and a custom made saddle from the Arabian Saddle Company.

Another remarkable piece to this win is the fact that four members earned perfect scores of fifties in their reason presentations. Those members receiving perfect scores included Rachel Bandy, Jessie Campbell and Jordan Liskey. This is almost impossible and unheard of to receive a perfect score on reasons. In fact, Jordan Liskey earned two fifties out of his four sets of reasons.

These teams were coached by Andrea Weis from Hanover County and Yvonne Miller of Rockingham. Both Weis and Miller are former members of the Virginia State 4-H Horse Judging Teams.

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