Posted at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 2, 2013

Ag teams wrap up fall competitions

With their horse companions away for winter break, the Laramie County Community College equine team members started to reflect on the fall semester and looked forward to the spring.

Equine studies instructor and equestrian team coach Lanae McDonald said she was happy how the semester turned out. For its last event of the year, the hunt seat team traveled Nov. 2–3 to the University of Colorado in Fort Lupton, Colo., for a Intercollegiate Horse Show Associations horse show and  placed sixth of eight in the region. For non-horse riders, hunt seat is one of two forms of English riding.

For western style, students competed Nov. 9-10 in the last IHSA show of the year at the main campus of the University of Nebraska. The western team currently holds fourth place of nine in the region.

The equestrian team will travel to Curtis, Neb., Feb. 1-2 for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture show.
The horse judging team traveled to Oklahoma City, Okla., in mid-November for the American Quarter Horse World Show where it placed fifth overall. As a team, it also placed fifth in the halter division and reasons division and sixth in the performance division.

Individually, sophomores Abby Carpenter and Sara Ostrand placed ninth and 10th in the halter division. The equine studies adjunct instructor and horse judging coach, Lacy Peign, said she was impressed with Ostrand’s performance as it was only her third competing show.

The horse judging team was scheduled back to Oklahoma City to participate in the National Reigning Horse Association Dec. 5-6.

The livestock judging team was busy traveling to Louisville, Ky., for the North American International Livestock Expo. While there, Kaitlyn Malm had the best evaluation of livestock while Kadi Davis led the team in oral reasons.

”We’re pleased with how we finished in Louisville, and now we’re going to Denver Jan. 16,” the livestock judging coach, Jeff Berry, said. In Denver will be the nation’s largest livestock show where LCCC students will challenge themselves against other judging teams from around the country.