It has been an exciting February for the members of the Hill Country Spurs 4-H horse judging teams. On February 14, the teams competed in San Antonio at the SALE/district 10 competition. Senior member Kendra Smith finished 4th overall out of 579 senior judgers and 1st in district and was awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Senior Amara Yachimski also placed high with a 5th place overall finish. In the senior team division, Kendra Smith, Rilee Moser, Emily Masters and Lily Masters finished 15th overall and were 3rd in district. In the junior division, Kalli Dalland placed 14th overall out of 212 and was the 1st place district 10 horse judger. Kalli and her team members Paige Dalland, Willow Grote, and Dooley Smith were the 2nd place winners in district. Two other HCS junior teams also competed that day. Colton Hurlbut, Addisyn Stueler, Rylee Wierich, and Aleigh Wessels placed 28th and Kourtney Kyzar, Aubie Scott, and Ty Tomlinson were 47th.
The teams then traveled to San Angelo to compete on February 16th. Senior member Emily Masters was the 1st place high point individual and was awarded a $500 cash incentive prize. Emily and her team, Kendra Smith, 2nd place, Rilee Moser, 6th place, and Lily Masters, 8th place were also the first place senior team. Brenna Stueler who judged with Johnson City FFA placed 26th. In the junior division, Addisyn Stueler placed very high with a 9th place finish. Addisyn and her team of Kalli Dalland, Willow Grote, and Aleigh Wessels finished in 4th place. The junior team consisting of Paige Dalland, Colton Hurlbut, Kourtney Kyzar, and Rilee Wierich placed 9th and the team consisting of Aubrie Scott, Dooley Smith, and Ty Tomlinson placed 11th. The teams really appreciate their coach Traci Smith, whose leadership and commitment contribute greatly to their success.
The teams travel to compete in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo horse judging competition on March 4.