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NMSU horse judging team places in top 10 at national contest

The New Mexico State University horse judging team placed fifth overall at the 2008 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 15 in Columbus, Ohio.

The NMSU team placed only 12 points below fourth-place finisher North Carolina State University. Logan Potts, a junior from Texico, N.M., was 11th high-point individual in reasons.

Overall, the team placed fifth in the performance judging, eighth in the halter judging and sixth in reasons.

"This team has worked really hard in practice all fall. This work ethic, along with their talent, led to one of the best finishes for NMSU at the congress in several years. They are a great group to work with, and we are looking forward to a strong finish at our next competition," said Jason Turner, associate professor and extension horse specialist.

Other students on the team are Kali Benson, a senior from Rio Rancho, N.M.; Emily Hibbard, a junior from Kingman, Ariz.; Jacinda Hinkson, a senior from Matfield Green, Kan.; and Arianne Wilbanks, a sophomore from Moriarty, N.M.

The next contest the NMSU horse judging team will compete in is the American Quarter Horse Association World Show contest in Oklahoma City, Okla., in November.