Olympia FFA Takes 2nd at State Horse Judging
Olympia FFA Takes 2nd at State Horse Judging
Posted on 09/18/2017
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Saturday morning, September 16, seven 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 16 teams.  This team of students gave oral reasons to the judges in defense of how they placed horses for two of the eight classes.  Alyssa Casey placed 4th overall, Hannah Casey placed 14th, Bree Abbott finished 16th, and Chloe Hilt placed 26th.  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 34th out of 58.  Members of this team were Ryleigh Hilt, Shelby Payne, and Mackenzie Phillips.  The horse judging team was coached by Miss Erdmier & Mr. Hoffman.  “I am so proud of these young ladies.  For the second year in a row they have finished 2nd at State,” stated Mr. Hoffman after the Saturday CDE.  Senior Chloe Hilt stated, “I want to come back next year and help coach this team.  We were so close to winning it all.  I want to help the team achieve that goal next year.”  Congratulations to Normal Community FFA for winning the state contest with a score of 1556 points.  Olympia totaled 1553 points for second place.