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Riverton native wins honors in livestock judging at expo

Feb 24, 2012 - By Kathleen Hennessey MCT Washington Bureau

The Casper College Livestock Judging team has won high team overall at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, competing against 18 other teams and approximately 135 contestants.

In addition to the big win, the team won the horses division, placed second in hogs and reasons, fifth in sheep, and sixth in cattle.

"I was thrilled with the way each team member contributed to our success in the ring," said Jeremy Burkett, judging coach.

Individually Catharine Koroulis, Steamboat Springs, Colo., was second high individual over all and second in horses; Jessie McClellan, Bluffdale, Utah, was fourth high individual and third in hogs; Mikenzie Taylor, Riverton, placed sixth overall and second in reasons and horses; and Katie Ochsner, Torrington, was seventh overall and sixth in horses.

Other team members included Kaycee Carpenter, Mountain View; Kinsey Freeman, Cheyenne; Trinity Holland, Moorcroft; Morgan Hatfield, McCoy, Colo.; Jacy Pannell, Hulett; Evon Shell, Auburn, Wash.; Kevin Murnin, Miles City, Mont.; Tyler Woods, Sturgis, S.D.; and Amy Kamen, Farmington, N.M.

The team previously won a national judging contest in 2007.

The team will next compete at the Kearney Cattleman's Classic on February 25 and the Houston Livestock Show on March 12.

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