Third Annual Horse Judging Open Invitational Set For Friday, March 30, 2012, For Youth And Collegiate Teams At The U Of M, Crookston

The third annual Horse Judging Open Invitational at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been set for Friday, March 30, 2012, at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC). Both youth and collegiate teams are eligible to participate. Individuals and four-member teams will compete in 4 halter classes and 4 performance classes with reasons given on 2 classes. The entry fee is $80 per team and $20 for an individual entry. Pre-registration is required by March 16, or late fees will apply. Payment is due by Friday, March 30 and should be made payable to UMC Equine Science. Concessions will be provided.

The Youth Division welcomes teams from 4-H clubs and FFA, as well as high school teams. The day begins with registration at 8 a.m. with competition beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. The four halter classes will run from 9-11 a.m. with a break at 11:15 a.m. for lunch. From 12-1:30 p.m., the four performance classes will be held followed from 2-4 p.m. by reasons. All competitions will take place in UTOC except students will be escorted to Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center for reasons. The day concludes at 4:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the arena in UTOC.

Awards will be given for each team division in halter, performance, and reasons, as well as the top overall teams. The top ten individuals will be awarded in each division along with overall individual awards. Entry fees cover the cost of the awards and official judges’ fees.

Visit and choose Department Activities for more information and to access the registration forms, or contact ADawn Melbye at 218-281-8125 (

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