morning, September 17, eight Olympia FFA members competed at the State
Horse Judging CDE at Black Hawk East College. Horse judging is divided
into two teams. The Reasons team placed 2nd out of 20
teams. This team of students gave oral reasons to the judge in defense
of how they placed horses for two of the eight classes. Hannah Casey
received 3rd overall, Brooke Bastian placed 7th, Chloe Hilt placed 23rd, and Alyssa Casey received 28th.
Both Reason and Non-Reason teams judged 8 classes, four of which were
halter classes. The final four classes were performance classes which
included, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Horsemanship,
and Reigning. The Non-Reasons Team placed 19th out of 52. Members of this team were Bree Abbott, Shelby Payne, Brittney Schroeder, and Ryleigh Hilt who placed 41st.
The horse judging team was coached by Carrie Lynch and assisted by Mr.
Hoffman. “I am so proud of these young ladies. They worked hard and
that effort paid off,” stated Mr. Hoffman after the Saturday CDE. When
Senior Brooke Bastian was asked “what is your favorite part of the Horse
Judging CDE,” she replied, “I
have several favorite things about Horse Judging as it is a great CDE
to compete in. Horse Judging has given me the opportunity to learn,
grow, and challenge myself around something I really enjoy; horses!
Because of that [love for horses], I would say that would be my favorite
thing!” By: Olympia FFA Reporter-Molly Schempp