UW horse judging team finishes in the top

Sharp-looking men and women in Western dress attire posed on a shady sidewalk
From left, Sam Rothrock, Chesterfield, Mo.; Tanner McClure, Riverside, Calif.; Jory Goetz, Fruita, Colo.; teaching assistant Julia Wickerath, Ellensberg, Wash.; Rayne Benson, Laramie; Robin Ferguson, Gordon, Neb.; and coach Lacey Lindsay

The University of Wyoming horse judging team strung one strong finish after another last fall to complete the season in the top five at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and National Reining Horse Association Futurity and top 10 at the All American Quarter Horse World Show.

“They work hard, traveling Wyoming and Colorado with practices and workouts inside and outside the classroom at horse shows and seminars,” said coach Jennifer Ingwerson-Niemann.

With Ingwerson-Niemann on maternity leave last fall, coaching was taken up by Laramie native Lacey Lindsay, a UW graduate who earned a degree in animal science production. Lindsay was a member of the highly successful 2011 horse judging team and now works as an independent contractor for horse shows.

The fifth-high finish at the National Reining Horse Futurity collegiate contest in Oklahoma City Nov. 28-29 was UW’s best performance ever at that competition. Team members completed a written rule book exam on day one and scored live horses on day two. The team’s top individual was Tanner McClure of Riverside, Calif., who was 15th. McClure joined the team with no previous experience.

At the Quarter Horse World Show, “the best of the best,” Nov. 12 in Oklahoma City, the judging team earned eighth overall, seventh in halter (standing), seventh in performance (riding) and ninth in reasons. Rayne Benson of Laramie placed 14th out of 66 competitors.

At the Quarter Horse Congress Oct. 18 in Columbus, Ohio, the UW team earned fifth overall, fifth in halter class, sixth in performance and sixth in reasons. Robin Ferguson of Gordon, Neb., was ninth-high individual and Benson 15th out of 66 competitors.

Lindsay notes the season’s results brought attention to Wyoming, as they placed among the top in the nation out of 23 schools, many of which recruit heavily and have the depth of two teams.

“The horse judging team is grateful for funding from the Riley Endowment, founded by Mel and Isa Riley, and the UW Department of Animal Science,” Lindsay said. In addition, the judging team hosts judging clinics, participates in a team holiday meat sale, a tailgate cookout and a football game day raffle to raise funds to cover expenses.

“The UW horse judging team is appreciative of the department and community support that helps our program provide this experience for current and future students,” said Ingwerson-Niemann. “Not only do they get to see the nation’s top horses, they develop leadership and skills outside the classroom and are exposed to careers in the industry.”

For more information, contact Ingwerson-Niemann at jingwers@uwyo.edu or 307-766-4373.

UW Extension publication explains backyard composting

            Information to help gardeners turbocharge soils by backyard composting is available in a University of Wyoming Extension free publication.

“Backyard composting: Using simple, small-scale methods,” B-974R, describes the process by which organic materials, such as yard and some kitchen wastes, are decomposed into a dark-colored, nutrient-rich, soil-building conditioner called humus.

Through composting, gardeners can manipulate temperature, oxygen and moisture to accelerate the process that occurs in nature. Authors are Karen Panter, UW Extension horticulture specialist, and Chris Hilgert, extension state Master Gardener coordinator at the University of Wyoming.

The bulletin is available in pdf, HTML and ePub formats by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe/ and clicking on the Find a Publication link. Type the title or bulletin number into the search field.

Methods to reduce drought effects focus of Campbell County workshop

            The effects of drought on ranch economics, the animals and the range are topics of the “Impacts of Drought” workshop Monday, March 19, in Gillette.

The session is 12:30-4 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Campbell County University of Wyoming Extension office, 412 S. Gillette Ave., said Blake Hauptman, extension educator.

Topics are:

* Economic effects of drought. Drought’s impact on stocking ratios and feeding and economic practices.

* Animal response to range. Management and nutritional strategies to reduce forage needs while still maintaining high performance levels.

* Native range response. Drought impacts to range and the basics of grass growth and timing with regard to precipitation.

RSVPs are requested to the Campbell County extension office at 307-682-7281 by Monday, March 12.

Conference offers beginning farmers, ranchers business succession information

Cole Ehmke

Information to help beginning farmers and ranchers acquire land from retiring agricultural producers is being offered during a conference in Riverton hosted by the Rural Law Center in the University of Wyoming College of Law.

The free event is 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Intertribal Center at Central Wyoming College. Lunch is provided. One-on-one advising sessions with guest speakers are available after the conference.

Information about the legal, financial and human issues related to estate and transition planning will be provided, said organizers.

“Succession can be a tricky area for ag businesses,” said Cole Ehmke, UW Extension ag entrepreneurship and personal financial management specialist and a conference presenter. “The conference aims to increase the odds of success.”

In addition to Ehmke, featured speakers are Jim Magagna, executive vice president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association; Josh Johnson, ANB Bank; Jenna Keller, Keller Law, LLC; and Frank Kelly, Mountain West Farm Bureau.

Registration is requested by going to bit.ly/UWfarmandranch and to view the conference schedule.

Contact Christine Reed in the UW College of Law at 307-766-6562 or at christine.reed@uwyo.edu for more information.

UW Extension offers money manager coach course in Gillette

Michelle Pierce
Community development educator Michelle Pierce

University of Wyoming Extension is offering a train-the-trainer course in Gillette to help community organization members help those they serve improve money management skills.

The Master Money Manager Coach program is Wednesday-Thursday, March 7-8, at the George Amos Memorial Library Cottonwood Room, said Michelle Pierce, extension community development educator based in Campbell County.

Participants are trained to help individuals learn basic money management skills and become financially stable, she said. The program is recommended for community organizations, nonprofits and agencies.

The coaches and the clients they work with will be more prepared for a financial emergency, feel more financially secure, spend less than they make each month and increase their savings, said Pierce.

Pierce said she works with agencies that are required to teach some type of money management, such as budgeting

“Many times agency professionals are left to Google financial resources versus using researched-based information to assist their clients with financial literacy education,” said Pierce.

The FDIC Money Smart curriculum gives community organizations a money coaching kit in a box, she said. Items include outlines, presentations, activities and examples for budgets, housing, transportation and money emergencies.

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