NCTC's horse judging teams kick off with multiple victories

Megan K. Jefferson | Dec 18, 2019

The NCTC Horse Judging Teams have been hard at work over the past few months. They’ve put in countless hours practicing with judging professionals from across the nation and with their coach, Becky Terrell. The teams competed in the National Quarter Horse Congress, Arabian and ½ Arabian National Championship, AQHA World Show, NRHA Futurity Judging Contest, and NCHA Futurity & World Show.

Freshman, Emily Stephens, hit the road and traveled to Columbus, Ohio, where she represented NCTC in the Limited Collegiate division at the National Quarter Horse Congress. She brought home a win in the Halter division and earned the title of Overall Reserve Champion Limited Collegiate.  

Shortly following this victory, Lara Ebler, Emily Stephens, Michayla Hawkes, and Reagan Frazier, were bound to Tulsa for the Arabian and ½ Arabian National Championship. After a long day of judging classes and presenting oral reasons; the team brought home many ribbons. Michayla Hawkes was Top 15 in Performance & Top 15 Overall, and Reagan Frazier ended up Top 15 in Halter & Top 15 in Reasons. With the combined scores of each individual on the team, the NCTC Horse Judging team was able to bring home a win in the Halter division and a 3rd place title in the Overall Collegiate division.

The NCTC Judging Team then had two individuals represent at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City. Emily Stephens was 5th high Limited Individual Overall, placing 5th in Halter and 8th in Performance. Emmanuelle Amilhacwon the 3-way tie for 8th in the Halter division.

Following the contest, NCTC’s specialized reining and cutting teams traveled to Oklahoma City to compete at the NRHA Futurity Judging Contest. The reining team, consisted of Josh Briggs, Lara Ebler, Reagan Frazier, Cailyn Simonis, and Chloe Linn. The team brought home a huge win in the Junior College Division, as 4 of the team members placed in the top ten.

Two days after the win at the NRHA Futurity, the specialized cutting team headed to Fort Worth for the NCHA Futurity and World Show. This team consisted of Emily Stephens, Emmanuelle Amilhac, Michayla Hawkes, Katherine Blan, and Katie Kolb. NCTC’s own, Emily Stephens made it to the top ten and in the end was named the High Scoring College competitor. Stephens earned a beautiful championship buckle & trophy, and had the distinct honor to be the “6th ‘Chair’ judge” at the Non-Pro and Open World Finals.  In addition, the team placed 5th in the collegiate division and brought home a trophy and a $500 dollar scholarship for the school.

NCTC is not only excited to see what’s in store for the Horse Judging Teams, but the individuals in which these teams are composed of.

For more information on NCTC’s Horse Judging Teams contact Becky Terrell at



Front row: Lara Ebler-Stuttgart, Germany, Cailyn Simonis-Pilot Point, Emmanuelle Amihac-France, Reagan Fraizer-Abilene, TX, and Coach Becky Terrell.

Back row: Emily Stephens-Paradise, TX, Chloe Linn-Ponder, TX, Josh Briggs-Pilot Point, TX, Katie Kolb-Gainesville, TX, Michayla Hawkes-Paris, TX, and Katherine Blan-Double Oak, TX