Mount Ayr FFA Livestock and Horse Judging Contest

Story submitted by Adeline Stone ’25 and Jamie Oesch ’24

On Thursday, May 11th, 15 members of the Central Trail FFA and Central Trail Middle School FFA attended the second annual Mount Ayr FFA Livestock and Horse Judging contest, held in Mount Ayr, IA. Central Trail members showed to be very successful in this competition, as evident in their scores, but also in their growth in leadership with their attendance. Ms. Quick, Mount Ayr’s FFA advisor and Agriculture Instructor, had a great lineup of classes that our members were able to judge throughout the day of the contest! 

Riley Benda had a great day in the Middle School Horse Judging, placing 3rd Place Team and 1st Place Individual.

Our High School Horse Judging teams saw some great success as well! Our first high school team received Reserve Champion Team, which consisted of Cutter Frisbie, Gus Oesch, Mason Allen, and Bianca Swartz.

HS Horse Team 1

Our second high school team received 4th Place overall and consisted of Dominic Florke, Krey Hunt, and Cooper Horton. Individually each member did great; Cutter Frisbie – 8th Place Individual, Gus Oesch – 11th Place Individual, Mason Allen –  12th Place Individual, Bianca Swartz – (Missing Results – TBA), Dominic Florke – 14th Place Individual, Krey Hunt – 15th Place Individual, and Cooper Horton – 16th Place Individual. 

HS Horse Team 2

Our Middle School Livestock Judging team saw nice success receiving 4th Place Overall, consisting of Soiyer Smith, Coby Martin, and Braeden Thomas. They individually placed very well; Soiyer Smith – 11th Place Individual, Coby Martin – 13th Place Individual, and Braeden Thomas – 14th Place Individual.

MS Livestock Team

Our High School Livestock Judging team also saw success receiving 4th Place Overall, consisting of Wade Hill, Cord Hamilton, Adeline Stone, and Lane Leeper. They also placed very well individually; Wade Hill – 8th Place Individual, Cord Hamilton – 11th Place Individual, Adeline Stone – 25th Place Individual, and Lane Leeper – 43rd Place Individual. 

HS Livestock Team

We would like to thank the Mount Ayr FFA for allowing us to have a fun day of building leadership skills, personal skills, and judging skills while attending this livestock and horse judging contest. Also, a big shout out to our FFA Advisor and Agriculture Instructor, Ms. Sondag, for always supporting our judging teams and traveling to contests when able! We are very excited to continue working on our judging skills at contests in the future.