Texas Tech Wool Judging Wins National Western Stock Show

Texas Tech’s Wool Judging Team won at the National Western Stock Show in Denver for the first time since 1986.

Written by Cory Chandler

Texas Tech University’s Wool Judging Team was awarded champion and reserve champion honors Jan. 17 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Texas Tech narrowly defeated the competition –winning by two points – to claim the Denver competition for the first time since 1986.

The students have been preparing for the competition since August. Contestants graded one rail of 15 fleeces, placed six classes and presented two sets of oral reasons.

Teams from Texas A&M University and Angelo State University finished third and fourth, respectively. Kansas State University, Colorado State University and New Mexico State University also competed with teams.

Three Texas Tech students placed in the top ten individuals: Aaron Renfroe, Markus Miller and Jeffrey Woods finished first, sixth and eighth, respectively.

Team members are:

  • Matthew Harris, a freshman from Spring
  • Stormie McClurg, a freshman from Nazareth
  • Katie Rose McCullough, a freshman from Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Miller, a freshman from Abernathy
  • Brandon Reeves, a freshman from Staunton, Va.
  • Nathan Reeves, a freshman from League City
  • Renfroe, a senior from Ozona
  • Ethan Schlegel, a freshman from Tribune, Kan.
  • Troy Tarpley, a sophomore from Fort Stockton
  • Tyler Vogel, a freshman from Canyon
  • Trevor White, a freshman from New Home
  • Woods, a freshman from Sweetwater
  • Loni Woolley, a freshman from Grandview

The team is coached by graduate student L.J. Ashorn and Moriah Beyers, a coordinator in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Sam Jackson, associate professor, supervises the program.

The team will represent Texas Tech at the San Antonio Stock Show in February and at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March.

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CONTACT: Moriah Beyers, coordinator, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 248, or moriah.beyers@ttu.edu