[9/19/16] Good day to be a Chelan FFA member
On Friday September 16th , 34 members loaded up in the gray light just before dawn and headed up for Othello and the Adams County Fair. Their plan was to compete in the judging Career Development Events and do represent their chapter well. And they did performing well in both the Livestock and Dairy Evaluation CDEs.
But when all the arena dust from the placing classes had settled, all the oral reasons taken, identification tests scored, and team scenario presentations made the Chelan FFA Horse Evaluation CDE team were State Champions and had punched their ticket to the National Horse CDE in Indianapolis, Indiana next month. The victory marked the fourth time the Chelan FFA has attended the big dance in horse evaluation in the last 12 years. Katie Gleasman placed second individually and was joined on the team by Ashley Oswald, Stephanie Olivera, Allie Barnes, and Dianna Sanchez.
Photo Caption: 2016 Washington FFA State Champion Horse CDE team from Chelan. (L to R) Allie Barnes, Katie Gleasman, Ashley Oswald, FFA Advisor, Rod Cool, Dianna Sanchez and Stephanie Olivera.
Team members now prepare to compete at the National FFA Horse CDE which involves judging 4 halter classes from Quarter Horse, Paint, Appaloosa, Confirmation Hunters, Arabian, American Saddlebred, and Morgan Horses. They then will judge 4 performance classes from Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Reining, Trail, English Pleasure (Saddle Seat), Hunter under saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Hunter Hack. Contestants will then give 4 sets of oral reasons 2 on Halter and 2 on Performance classes. Students will also have to identify 10 colors/breeds/markings and 10 tack or equipment items. Then as a team complete 4 practicums may include but not limited to hay/feed selection, shoeing equipment for given job, tacking up a horse, taking vital signs, administering injections, or deworming. Team activity also includes a scenario discussion then presentation concerning nutrition, management, anatomy, marketing, or animal welfare. Students will travel the week of October 16-23rd.