Special to the Register
More than 300 high school students from across North Texas converged on North Central Texas College’s Equine Center Thursday for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Area V Horse Judging Contest.
S&S Consolidated won the overall team competition with 1,233 points, while Slidell was second with 1,225 and Allen was third with 1,212. Rounding out the top 10 were Paradise, Bowie, Weatherford, Flower Mound Marcus, Frisco Liberty, Nocona and Leonard.
The top 15 percent of complete teams will advance to the State contest.
Bowie’s Madison Butler won the individual contest with 425 points, while Slidell’s Lacey Edge was second with 423 and Aledo’s Conner West was third with 419. Rounding out the top 10 were Monika Qualls of Paradise, Shyanne Smith of S&S, Lane Lancaster of S&S, Kelley Priest of Aubrey, Nicole Pearson of Krum, Bailey Williams of Springtown and Michaela Brown of Princeton.
“This is a premier horse judging contest,” NCTC Agriculture department chairman Steve Keith said. “Being in the heart of horse country allows us to use some very nice horses from farms in the area.”
Each time NCTC hosts a large event such as this, it’s a complete team effort within the Agriculture department. Every person has certain responsibilities and all work together in perfect timing.
“For this particular event much of the success can be attributed to the efforts of Becky Terrell, NCTC equine instructor and collegiate horse judging coach, who serves as the contest superintendent,” Keith said.” As such she is responsible for acquiring horses, judges, group leaders and selecting the patterns.”
Keith added that events like this that bring high school students onto the NCTC campus is a positive situation for everyone involved from the students to the school to the Gainesville community.
The college will host North Texas Farm City Week April 18-19 with more than 600 area fourth graders already registered to attend.