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UT Youth Horse Judging Camp Success!

The UT Department of Animal Science recently held the inaugural “UT Youth Horse Judging Camp” on August 2-4, 2009. Sixteen campers traveling from Claiborne, Lincoln, McMinn, Moore, Sevier, and Williamson counties participated in this 3-day event to develop their Horse Judging skills through classroom instruction and live demonstrations of Halter and Performance classes. Visited farms included The Stables at River Ranch in Blaine, TN and Red Gate Quarter Horses in Maynardville, TN. Special thanks to these farms, along with Wes Holmes and Roger Elder who provided their time and horses for the contest. Camp instruction was led by Mr. Russell Kriewald (Lecturer, Department of Animal Science), and members from the 2009 UT Horse Judging Team and the Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association.

Horse Judging Camp

Following two fun-filled days of instruction and social activities, campers were tested on their judging abilities on the final day of the camp during the 2009 VOL Horse Judging Contest held at The Stables at River Ranch in Blaine, TN. Awards were given for the top three individuals in each category, with the high-point individual receiving hand-made rope halters donated by the Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association.

          Overall: 1st-Valerie Preston (Moore); 2nd-Cole Cowley (Lincoln); 3rd-Skylar Lock (Claiborne)
          Halter: 1st-Emily Preston (Moore); 2nd-Alison Pen (Moore); 3rd-Valerie Preston (Moore)
          Performance: 1st-Cole Cowley (Lincoln); 2nd-Valerie Preston (Moore); 3rd-Skylar Lock (Claiborne)
          Reasons: 1st- Valerie Preston (Moore); 2nd-Alison Dyke (McMinn); 3rd-Cole Cowley (Lincoln)

Contest Results: The following results are for teams and individuals who have attended previous camps. Congratulations to all of our participants! (If you have attended one of our camps and would like to share your judging success, please contact Russell Kriewald at (865) 974-6390;

2009 TWH Celebration
MOORE CO. 4-H Jr. Team
(Brandon Bell, Emily Preston, Valerie Preston, Alison Penn)
1st Team Performance
3rd Team Overall
1st High-point Individual Overall (Valerie Preston)

Tennessee State FFA Horse CDE
(71 Teams; 269 Contestants)
(Skylar Lock, Kayla O’Connor, Blake Pratt, Kenney Harvey)
11th Team Overall
3rd High-point Individual Overall (Skylar Lock)

Tennessee State FFA Horse CDE
(71 Teams; 269 Contestants)

(Kensey Catlett, Bethany Kennedy, Kelly Jones, Joanna Johnson)
40th Team Overall
30th High-Point Individual Overall (Kensey Catlett)

UT Youth Horse Judging Camp: Youth Horse Judging Camp LogoAugust 2-4, 2009
See also : Brochure : Registration Form : Release Form

Welcome to the inaugural running of The University of Tennessee Youth Horse Judging Camp! The 2009 UT Youth Horse Judging Camp is a 3-Day event aimed at providing youth with invaluable knowledge pertaining to the judging of horses in a low-stress environment. Participants can expect to receive expert instruction about the basic ideas of what to consider when judging halter, as well as performance classes of both English and Western disciplines. Classes will be discussed primarily from live demonstrations and supplemented with videos.


Youth (ages 12-18). 1 Chaperone from each county, chapter, or team is encouraged to attend. Camp will be limited to the first 40
registered participants (not including chaperones).


Halter Classes (Stock, Hunter), Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Reining, Reasons Format & Presentation

Registration Deadline: ***June 30th, 2009***

Youth: $175/participant, Chaperone: $150/chaperone
Each fee is all inclusive: Camp T-shirt, TN 4-H Horse Judging Guide, Notebook, Meals (Sun, Mon, Tues), Evening Mixers (Sun, Mon), On-campus Housing (Details concerning housing assignments will follow after registration has been completed.).

**Proceeds go to benefit the UT Horse Judging Team in fall competitions.

Camp Instructor: Mr. Russell D. Kriewald

Russell KriewaldA graduate in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, Russell is the most recent addition to the UT Department of Animal Science. While completing his undergraduate
and Master of Science degrees in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Reproduction, he served as a member of the 2002 TAMU Horse Judging Team, President of the TAMU Horsemen’s Association, President of the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, and the Assistant Manager of the TAMU Horse Center. His related experiences in judging, leadership, and instruction are well-suited for his responsibilities at UT. Russell’s current duties involve instruction of equine courses, recruitment, Advisor to the UT Equestrian Team and the Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, and Coach of the UT Horse Judging Team.


Tentative Camp Schedule:

Sunday, August 2, 2009:
              1:00 pm                    Move in
              3:00 pm                    Reasons Workshop (Group)
              4:00 pm                    Reasons Workshop (One-on-One)
              7:00 pm                    Evening Mixer & Dinner

Monday, August 3, 2009:
              7:00 am                    Breakfast
              7:30 am                    Travel to River Ranch
              8:30 am                    Introduction
              9:00 am                    Judging Conformation (Stock & Hunter Type)
              12:00 pm                  Lunch
              1:00 pm                    Judging Performance (Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Reining)
              4:00 pm                    Travel back to campus
              5:00 pm                    Tour of The University of Tennessee
              7:00 pm                    Evening Mixer & Dinner

Tuesday, August 4, 2009:
              7:00 am                    Breakfast
              7:30 am                    Travel to River Ranch
              8:30 am                    VOL Horse Judging Contest
              10:30 am                  Reasons
              12:30 pm                  Cookout with River Ranch
              2:00 pm                    Awards/Campers Released


Details concerning housing assignments and directions to campus will follow after registration has been completed.
Tennessee's River Ranch

For more information, please contact:

                Mr. Russell Kriewald
                2640 Morgan Circle Drive, 51e McCord Hall
                Knoxville, TN 39776
                Phone: (865) 974-6390
                Fax: (865) 974-7297