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.