CHS FFA Horse Evaluation Team successful at National Event
The CHS FFA National Horse Evaluation Team traveled to Indianapolis to compete October 28th through November 1st. Horse Evaluation is a Career Development Event in which students are asked to evaluate horses based on conformation in halter classes and performance in mounted classes. They then have to deliver oral reasons to a judge explaining why they placed the class the way they did. At the National Level, students judge 3 halter classes and 5 performance classes and deliver 4 total sets of oral reasons in addition to taking an identification test in which students must identify breeds, color patterns, conformational defects, and equipment. All of this is completed on the first day of competition.
Day two of the National contest consist of five different team activities where teams must work together to solve team problems based on nutrition, reproduction, or other health issues. They must also complete practical hands-on demonstrations such as saddling and unsaddling a horse, identifying equipment used in shoeing horses, or wrapping horse’s legs. They also complete a team scenario in which they have to work together to solve a problem based on management of horses, health issues, or putting together a course or pattern together for a performance class. They must then present their solution to a panel of judges.
The CHS FFA team placed fifth overall in the nation securing a gold level team award. Madison Rosenbaum placed third overall for her performance evaluation scores as well as first place overall individual securing a $1000 cash prize. The team comprised of Madison Rosenbaum, Allyson Clawson, Raegan Shepherd, and Rhianne Gregory received many compliments from the judges regarding their professionalism and respect for each other. These young ladies have been practicing for this contest since winning the state level in April and their hard work has more than paid off.