Florida 4-H and FFA and University of Florida Teams Compete in All American Quarter Horse Congress Horse Judging contests
On Wednesday, October 18, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, held at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, hosted their annual Youth and Intercollegiate Horse Judging Contest. Florida was represented by two teams in the youth division and three teams in the collegiate limited and senior college divisions.
Florida FFA was represented by a team from Lake Butler FFA, also your 2017 state champions in the Horse Judging CDE, with team members Ashley Harris, Josh Worten, Savannah Douglas and Kale Oden. Florida 4-H was represented by a team sponsored by the Florida Quarter Horse Association (FQHA), and team members included Mackenzie Douglas and Avianna Liuzzo from Alachua County 4-H, Rebecca Howell from Marion County 4-H and Kyle Haderle from Brevard County 4-H.
As a team, Lake Butler FFA placed tenth in the halter division and twentieth overall. Individually, Harris placed seventeenth in the halter division and was also the highest scoring member on the team. The FQHA team placed ninth in the overall performance division and fifteenth overall. Mackenzie Douglas placed eleventh in the overall performance division and was also the highest scoring individual on their team, with 34 teams and 129 individuals competing in the youth contest.
In the collegiate contest, the UF Horse Judging Team represented UF Animal Sciences in the senior college division with a team made up of Zoe Bowden, Alyssa Ohmstede, Kaycie Miller, Morgan Gravely and Nicole Nelson. As a team, they placed seventh in the halter division, tenth in overall performance, ninth in reasons and ninth overall. Individually, Ohmstede placed seventh in overall halter and Bowden was eighteenth in overall performance and was also your highest scoring individual overall on the team. Paola Dezubiria and Kassandra Aladro also competed as individuals in the senior division, while Katie DeBraal and Julia Nelson competed in the limited division, with 18 teams and 69 individuals competing in the senior division.
Congratulations to each of these outstanding teams and individuals on their accomplishments, and best of luck to the FFA and collegiate teams as they compete in their national contests in the near future. Horse judging is an event that tests evaluation skills of horses on breed character, confirmation and riding patterns for accuracy and routine in classes of four. Participants also give oral reasons over their placings as well. For more information and full results, visit ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/horse/quarter-horse-congress-info.
On Tuesday, October 17, the American Meat Science Association hosted the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest with the American Royal Association in Kansas City, Mo. Florida was represented by your reserve state champion team for the second year in a row, replacing Orange County 4-H as your state champions, with another impressive finish this year.
Florida 4-H was represented by Marion County 4-H, and team members included Harrell Phillips, Harrison Sharp, Joe Ergle and Kaylyn Griffin.
As a team, they placed fifth in beef judging, sixth in pork judging, sixth in retail ID, seventh in placings, fifth in reasons and fifth overall. Individually, Phillips placed fifth in beef judging, sixth in pork judging, sixth in retail ID, fourth in reasons and sixth overall, with 14 teams and 53 individuals competing.
Congratulations to this outstanding team on their accomplishment, and best of luck in your future endeavors after judging on the highest level in 4-H that this contest has to offer.
Meats judging is an event designed to test evaluation and selection skills of beef, pork and lamb wholesale cuts and carcasses, along with retail meat identification and defense of placings via oral reasons. For full results, www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=8449.
(Photo from Marion County 4-H Foundation Inc. on Facebook)
Florida 4-H and FFA Teams Compete in 2017 Georgia National Fair Peachstate Livestock Judging Contest
On Saturday, October 14, the Georgia National Fair hosted the annual Peachstate Livestock Judging Contest at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga. Florida was represented by several outstanding groups of youth with another impressive finish for a Florida team at a national-level contest.
Florida 4-H was represented by teams from Putnam County 4-H, while Florida FFA was represented by a team from Hardee Sr. FFA in this year's contest, competing against youth from across the southeast.
Junior team members from Putnam County 4-H included Dathan Guthrie, Abby Whittington, Clayton Brauman and Elissa Siverling. Together, as a team, they took home champion junior team overall! Individually, Guthrie placed first in swine, fifth in reasons and as the high individual overall, Whittington placed second in swine, second in sheep and as the second high individual overall behind her teammate, Brauman placed fouorth in the cattle division and Siverling placed fifth in the swine division. Jarrett Kelley and Emily Lands also judged in the senior division for Putnam County 4-H. Lands placed third in the swine division. The teams are coached by Jerry Mullins.
Team members from Hardee Senior FFA included your 2017 state winning FFA livestock judging team, of Alyssa Beers, Griffin Clark, Dylan Davis, Hunter Sellers and Larrett Smith. They are coached by advisor Brett Wheeler. Best of luck to them as they prepare for the National FFA Livestock Judging CDE next week in Indianapolis.
Congratulations to each of these teams and youth on their accomplishments!
Livestock judging is an event designed to test the evaluation and decision making skills of students through evaluating market and breeding beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat goats as well as the defense of their placings via oral reasons.
(Photo of Putnam 4-H Teams from the UF IFAS Putnam County 4-H Facebook Page)
Pasco 4-H Team Competes, Captures High Individual Title at 2017 Keystone International Livestock Expo
On Saturday, October 7, the Keystone International Livestock Exposition hosted their annual Junior and Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Florida was represented by your 2017 state champion 4-H livestock judging team with quite an impressive finish for a Florida team at a national level contest.
Florida 4-H was represented by Pasco County 4-H, and team members included Tierani Johnson, Emily Jennings, Taylynn Williamson and Bailey McKendree.
As a team, they placed first in the beef division, sixth in sheep, ninth in swine, tenth in reasons and fourth overall. Individually, Williamson and McKendree placed eighth and twelfth in the beef division, respectively, while Johnson placed second in the beef division, second in the Angus special awards division, fourth in sheep, third in swine and second in reasons.
Johnson also placed as the high individual overall for the entire contest, reclaiming the title for Florida after Trevor Rosso from DeLand FFA won the same award in 2015, with 15 teams and 56 contestants competing in the junior contest.
Congratulations to this outstanding team for their amazing finish in a national contest, and best of luck to them as they prepare for the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky. next month.
Livestock judging is an event designed to test the evaluation and decision making skills of students through evaluating market and breeding beef cattle, swine, sheep and meat goats as well as the defense of their placings via oral reasons. For complete results, visit www.saeserver.com/4DCGI/GotoPage/20171010_215227_4472587/organization_main_page.
(Photo from the KILE Flickr Page)