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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Clinton FFA Horse Judging Team took first place in state contest

Congratulations to your 2021 Missouri State Champion Horse Judging Team!!

The Clinton FFA Horse Judging Team took home first place this past weekend at the state contest, with Caroline Wagoner also having a first place individual finish. The team will represent the state of Missouri at the National FFA Contest this coming fall.

These students have been preparing for contests since last summer, and their dedication and hard work paid off this weekend. During this weekend's competition, students judged five classes; three halter classes where they evaluated the horses conformation and two performance classes where they judged the way a horse is shown while being ridden. They then presented two sets of oral reasons to a judge explaining why they placed the animals in the order that they did. And finally, students took part in a 50-question equine science exam.

FFA Advisor, Tanner Robertson is very proud of these state champions, "Coaching this team has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career so far! This is an extremely talented group of young adults that had a drive to win. They worked very hard and learned so much even in a year full of challenges. They told me last summer that they were going to win state and that is exactly what they did. Their efforts paid off in a huge way and I am incredibly proud of each of them. I have no doubt that each of them will continue to be successful in the future and I look forward to seeing them grow from this point forward."

Left to right: Caroline Wagoner, Camryn Kemper, Riley Heerdink, and Alana Alexander
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