Miami, Okla. - The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Livestock Judging Team travelled to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. NEO judgers placed seventh in the nation while competing against sixteen teams from around the nation. Along with the team competition, two members competed individually against 120 contestants and placed top-ten.

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is over a half-century old and is considered one of the most prestigious events in San Antonio. Each year, they host over two million visitors each year with the help of six thousand volunteers.

“The team has been improving at each competition we attend, which is very exciting,” said Taylor Graham, head livestock judging coach. “We have the Houston Stock Show to close out the season this month and we are hoping to keep improving our results.”

Anna Grace Parnell from Stanton, Ala. and Rachel Booth from Miami, Okla. were recognized as NEO Top Ten Freshmen and are now sophomores. Parnell placed third high individual in the cattle portion of the contest and Booth placed seventh high individual in Sheep, Goats, and reasons. The team now prepares to attend the Houston Stock Show in late March.

Members on the team include Rachel Booth of Miami, Cody Heavin from Fair Grove, Corey Pell, Coy Kern of Duncan, Cassie McConkey from Loudon, Tenn., Logan Denby from Prescott, Mi., Jordan Volkmann of Bourbon, Mo., Billie House from Purdy, Mo., and Anna-Grace Parnell from Stanton, Ala. Booth, Parnell, and Volkmann also represent NEO as members of the 2016 Top Ten Freshman class.

For more information about NEO livestock judging, contact Taylor Graham at taylor.graham10@neo.edu.