Friday, Sept. 16, was a good day to be a Chelan FFA member.
Thirty-four members loaded up in the gray light just before dawn and headed for Othello, Wash., and the Adams County Fair. Their plan was to compete in the judging Career Development Events and to 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, Ind., 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.
Team members now prepare to compete at the National FFA Horse CDE, which involves judging four halter classes from Quarter Horse, Paint, Appaloosa, Confirmation Hunters, Arabian, American Saddlebred and Morgan Horses.
They then will judge four 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 four sets of oral reasons, two on Halter and two on Performance classes. Students will also have to identify 10 colors/breeds/markings and 10 tack or equipment items.
Then as a team they will complete four practicums that may include but are not limited to hay/feed selection, shoeing equipment for a 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 Oct. 16-23.