University of Wyoming Horse Judging Team

As organizers of the AQHA World Championship Show point out, collegiate competition is a chance for horse judging teams to take home “world champion bragging rights.” The University of Wyoming horse judging team is pictured at the world show with their medals. From left, Alanna Gudmonson, Rayne Benson, Anna Bertani, coach Jenny Ingwerson-Niemann, Ryan Fralick and Anastasia Cunico. (Courtesy photo.) 

The University of Wyoming 2016 horse judging team wrapped up its fall season with strong finishes in October at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, and the American Quarter Horse World Championship Collegiate Contest in November in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“The team’s hard work and practice paid off,” said coach Jenny Ingwerson-Niemann. Team members are Rayne Benson, Laramie, Wyoming, Anastasia Cunico, Parshall, Colorado, Alanna Gudmunson, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Ryan Fralick, Hayden, Colorado. The team was supported by teaching assistant Anna Bertani, a UW team alumna from Joliet, Illinois.

University of Wyoming horse judging contestants competed individually in the limited division at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. In performance, Benson placed 4th and Cunico placed 8th. In reasons, Benson placed 12th and Gudmuson placed 20th. Benson gained 9th place high point overall individual.

“The team worked hard after Congress to improve their scores for the American Quarter Horse World Collegiate Contest,” noted Ingwerson-Niemann. UW placed in the top five in every category for the limited division.

In halter, Benson placed 2nd, Cunico 6th and Fralick 8th.

In performance, Benson placed 4th.

In reasons, Fralick was 4th and Benson 16th.

As overall individuals, Benson earned 3rd, Fralick 11th and Cunico 15th.

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