COLUMBUS, Ohio – A trio of sisters recently traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the American Quarter Horse Congress Collegiate Judging Contest and came home with lots of hardware to add to the trophy case at North Central Texas College.
The sisters, Christy Petry, Brianne Henderson-Petry and Amy Petry, are all members of the NCTC Equestrian team and have competed in horse-judging contests together while in high school, but this was their first trip to the biggest collegiate event in the nation.
NCTC coach Becky Terrell accompanied the students to Ohio for the competition. The group arrived in Columbus on a Saturday, practiced Sunday through Tuesday, then competed on Wednesday.
They judged horses from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., then gave oral reasons from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Christy and Brianne competed as individuals in the Limited Division, which is for those in their first year of collegiate competition. They had to compete against individuals from four-year schools across the country including Ohio State, Penn State and others.
Christy won first place high individual overall in the Limited Division. She also placed first in halter, first in reasons and third in performance.
Brianne won second place high individual overall. She was first in performance, 13th in halter and 15th in reasons.
Amy competed in the Junior College Division and won third place high individual overall. She was third in performance, fourth in reasons and 10th in halter.
Brianne was sick for the majority of her time in Ohio and even had to visit the emergency room, but still managed to finish in second place. She says it was a trip she will never forget.
“The experience was a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” she said. “It is the biggest one-breed horse show. There are miles and miles of shopping and horse showing that starts bright and early in the morning and some classes go until around 2 a.m. It’s incredible the people you get to see and meet and the opportunities are just remarkable.”
Amy says the competition proved that NCTC has a strong equestrian program.
“We were competing against the top people in our sport and we ranked right up there with them, so it was remarkable to see all the hard work we put in beforehand paid off,” she said.
The next competition for them is the AQHA World Show, which is in November in Oklahoma City. Teams from all over the country will come to that one as well.
For more information on the horse judging team at NCTC, contact Becky Terrell at 940-668-7731 Ext. 4372 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.