Wool Judging Team Ends Season With Top Five Finish

Red Team earns third-place at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Written by Cory Chandler

The Houston competition was the final contest for the Wool  Judging  team for the spring semester.

The Houston competition was the final contest for the Wool Judging team for the spring semester.
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Texas Tech University’s Wool Judging Red Team ended its season with a third-place finish at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Eight teams competed in the high-profile annual contest, including squads from Texas A&M, Kansas State and New Mexico State.

Texas Tech sent two wool judging teams to the Houston contest – the Red Team and the Black Team – since only four students can compete per team. The Houston competitions were the final contests for both the Wool Judging and Livestock Show teams for the spring semester.

The total roster of team members include:

  • Matthew Harris, a freshman from Spring
  • Stormie McClurg, a freshman from Nazareth
  • Katie Rose McCullough, a freshman from Castle Rock, Colo.
  • Markus Miller, a freshman from Abernathy
  • Brandon Reeves, a freshman from Staunton, Va.
  • Nathan Reeves, a freshman from League City
  • Aaron 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
  • Jeffrey 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. Officials said the wool judging team serves as the beginning level for students participating in judging teams at Texas Tech. After wool judging, students normally move to meat judging, then livestock judging.