The Hill Country Spurs 4-H Club Horse Judging teams have had a busy and successful season. We had 22 members from Blanco County, ages 8 through 16, register for horse judging this year, making up 3 Junior Teams and 2 Senior Teams.
We started off our season in early February with Kendra Smith, Amara Yachimski, Avery Klepac and Ava Begay attending the TQHyA, 4-H and FFA Horse Judging contest in Ft. Worth. The team placed 12th out of 60 teams participating.
All teams participated in the San Antonio SALE contest, where our junior team including Kayla Scheidt, Ceslea Pattillo, Breana Solis and Brenna Stueler placed 7th out of 66 teams. This same team also placed 4th in the 4-H District 10 contest.
We then attended the San Angelo 4-H and FFA Horse Judging contest where one junior team including Taylor Kay, Avery Klepac, Rilee Moser and Addisyn Stueler placed 2nd. Taylor Kay placed 1st High Point Individual Junior. This is the third year in a row that a Hill Country Spurs team member has taken the top individual junior position at the San Angelo contest. Shelbi Haynes was the top junior at this contest the prior two years.
We have just returned from our last scheduled contest at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where we enjoyed some amazing results. Our Senior team placed 10th out of 190 teams, which included Rachel Harlin, Shelbi Haynes, Kendra Smith, Amara Yachimski and Tyler Brown. Two of our Junior teams placed 10th and 11th out of 50 teams. The 10th place team included Taylor Kay, Emily Masters, Lily Masters, and Rilee Moster. The 11th place team included Ceslea Pattillo, Kayla Scheidt, Brenna Stueler, and Lydia Yachimski. Ceslea Pattillo placed 19th Individual Junior and Taylor Kay placed 3rd Individual Junior out of 143 junior contestants. Our club President, Kendra Smith, placed 1st High Point Senior Individual out of 614 senior contestants. Overall there were over 900 participants in this contest which is said to be the largest in the world.
Our youngest team members Addisyn Stueler, Aleigh Wessels and Annabel Crain did an incredible job in their first year as Horse Judgers and they were so much fun to have. We look forward to watching them grow into seasoned horse judgers in our future contests.
Needless to say, we are extremely proud of our club’s performance this year. We now set our sights on the possibility of sending one Senior and Junior team to the AjPHA contest in Ft. Worth in June.
We are extremely grateful for our club leaders and parent volunteers who have tirelessly supported us through these contests, and helped us find the confidence that they all knew we had. We would like to recognize Klepac Greenhouses, Whittington’s Jerky and Hye Pipe and Feed for supporting our plant sale fundraisers. We are also extremely appreciative of the support that Johnson City Bank and Cattleman’s Bank has extended to this talented group of Blanco County youth.