McLouth’s horse judging team is state’s best

McLouth FFA

Photo submitted by Nicole Hinrichsen
Pictured from left to right are Emma Jolley, Mable Mestagh, Natalie Richardson and Alyssa Nemeth, the four members of the championship horse judging team.

Representing a Future Farmers of America chapter that didn’t exist two years ago, junior Alyssa Nemeth teamed up with freshmen Mable Mestagh, Natalie Richardson and Emma Jolley to capture first place in horse judging at the 91st Kansas FFA Career Development Events competition May 3-5 in Manhattan.
The McLouth squad finished ahead of 46 other teams on the 3rd to earn the right to represent Kansas at the National FFA Convention & Expo scheduled for Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky. Mable led the way with an 11th-place finish in the individual competition, with Natalie taking 13th place.
Adviser Nicole Hinrichsen called the showing “extremely impressive” in view of the fact that the chapter is in just its second year and three of the four girls on the team are only freshmen.
Horse judging contestants are required to evaluate several different riding styles (e.g., hunter hack, halter, reining, pleasure and horsemanship). They also must rank in order the four horses in each class. Then they must orally defend their rankings in front of a judge. This requires not only some critical thinking on their part, but confidence, public speaking skills and a vast amount of “horse knowledge” as well.
The chapter’s dairy cattle judging team placed eighth out of a total of 60 squads on the 4th. Individually, Mable Mestagh came in 11th, Emily Hoffhines 15th. Also on the team were Natalie Richardson and Lanie Wittenberg.
Members of the chapter competed in one other event on the 4th, dairy foods.
The annual CDE competition took place at Kansas State University.

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