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NEO horse judging team sweeps Congress

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(from left) Tandy Kidd, Laruen Walsh, Kelsey Matthews, Brooke Mareth, Helen Gagan, Caitlin Dunsmore, Jenalee Nies, Aubrey-Ann Gilmore, Lauren Crudup, Sadey Saputo, and Amanda Burrows, horse judging coach. (from left) Tandy Kidd, Laruen Walsh, Kelsey Matthews, Brooke Mareth, Helen Gagan, Caitlin Dunsmore, Jenalee Nies, Aubrey-Ann Gilmore, Lauren Crudup, Sadey Saputo, and Amanda Burrows, horse judging coach.
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NEO horse judging team sweeps Congress

Miami, Okla. – Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 – Horse judgers from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) attended the All American Quarter Horse Congress Judging Contest in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 17, 2013. NEO had the opportunity to have two teams compete in the contest, and for the first time in NEO school history, the team brought home the titles of Champion and Reserve Champion Team Overall.

“I am so incredibly proud of the judging team members. It is so rewarding to see all their hard work and dedication pay off,” said Head Coach Amanda Burrows. “I am a firm believer in establishing goals, and it is such a good feeling to mark off our first goal of being Champion and Reserve Champion teams at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress.”

The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world's largest single-breed horse show that takes place in Columbus, Ohio from Oct. 4th – 27th. The show receives more than 17,000 horse show entries during its three-week schedule, according to the organization’s website.

Congress hosts many contests including Horse Bowl, Hippology, Communications, and the Congress Queen Contest.

NEO competed against eight other junior colleges from all over the country. The NEO blue team won High Team in Halter, High Team in Performance, High Team in Reasons, and Champion Team Overall. The NEO yellow team won Third High Team in Halter, Reserve High Team in Performance, Third High Team in Reasons, and Reserve Champion Team Overall.

NEO had many members who were very successful in individual rankings as well.

Caitlin Dunsmore, won Third High Individual in Halter, First High Individual in Performance, Fifth High in Reasons, and was the High Individual Overall.

Helen Gagan, won Reserve High Individual in Halter, Sixth High Individual in Performance and Reserve High Individual Overall.

Aubrey-Ann Gilmore was Fifth High Individual in Performance and ended up Fifth High Individual Overall.

Lauren Crudup was Seventh High Individual in Halter, Tenth High Individual in Performance, Reserve High Individual in Reasons and Sixth High Individual Overall.

Sadey Saputo was Ninth High Individual in Halter and Third High Individual in Reasons.

Lauren Walsh was Ninth High Individual in Performance and Tenth High Individual in Reasons.

Jenalee Nies was Seventh High Individual in Reasons.

“I am incredibly proud of our horse judging team, and new coach, Amanda Burrows. I knew Amanda had the talent and ability to lead the team to a win and could not be more pleased with their performance. It is especially great to see an alumni of the NEO horse judging team carry on the continued success of the program,” said Shannon Cunningham, dept. chair of agriculture and former horse judging coach.

Team members include:

Caitlin Dunsmore, McKinny, Texas

Lauren Crudup, Belton, Mo.

Sadey Saputo, Laramie, Wyo.

Aubrey-Ann Gilmore, Austin, Texas

Jenalee Nies, Oolagah, Okla.

Tandy Kidd, Lincoln, Ark.

Kelsey Matthews, Lincoln, Ark.

Brooke Mareth, Mount Vernon, Mo.

Laruen Walsh, Chouteau, Okla.

Helen Gagan, Lenapah, Okla.

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