Salmon FFA Chapter hosts horse
judging clinic at indoor riding arena
by Kellsie Hodges Salmon
FFA Chapter Reporter
The Salmon FFA Chapter hosted a
horse judging clinic February 25 at
the Whitewater Therapeutic Riding
Several Idaho chapters were in attendance
including W est Jefferson,
Rigby, North Fremont and South Fremont.
It has been over 15 years since
the Salmon Chapter has held a horse
The top three placing teams were
Salmon with 1,262 points, Rigby
(team one) with 1,221 points and
Rigby (team two) with 1,218 points.
The teams received a colorful certificate
and a plaque of achievement.
High placing individuals were JW
Hartwell, 431 points from the Ribgy
Chapter, BreAnna Olson, 425 points
and Erin Hurley 421 points both from
the Salmon Chapter. These individuals
received a trophy.
There were eight classes of
horses: aged mares, aged geldings,
draft, foxtrotters, English pleasure,
W estern pleasure, reining and trail.
Judges were Squeak Barslou, Suzanne
Nebeker, Dr. Sid Hayden and June
Playfair serving as the judgeâsscribe.
Members of the community that
handled horses were Mary Logan,
Jeff Cooper, Hollis Ellis, Katey
Gutman, Susan Dudasik, Shannon
W illiams, Charlie W illiams, Elizabeth
(Buff) Olson, Robin Kramer,
Angie Hurley and Dean Shiner. Kim
Olson was also present at the show
to take pictures of the horses. Salmon
Chapter Advisor Katie Cooper also
video taped some performances.
The pictures and videos were used
later when the judges gave their reasons
for placing the classes.
After all classes had been judged
members made their way to the high
school where lunch was provided by
Janet Nelson and Sandra Toynbee.
Soon after lunch, members were
divided between judges and oral reasons
were given for the aged mares
class and the W estern pleasure class.
Reasons are a part of the competition
where members tell a judge why they
placed the class of four horses the
way they did. Reason judges were
âBuffâ Olson, Logan, J. Cooper,
Kramer,S. W illiams,C. W illiams,Dr.
John Hall and Lisa Johnson.
Members were scored on how accurately
they placed the classes and
they were also scored on giving reasons.
Judges then broke down each class
into the top and bottom pairs and explained
why they placed each class.
Salmon Advisor K. Cooper said, âI
was very pleased with how the event
went. It was the first CDE Salmon has
had the opportunity to host for quite
a few years and it was nice to be able
todothat. Any time we can offerour
students hands on education that give
them viable skills that transfer over
to life after high school is a rewarding