By Leigh Reipma,
Lauryn Riepma recently attended the 2016 FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN.
The National FFA Organization consists of 649,355 student members as part of FFA chapters inall 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Lauryn competed with the West Central Team in the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event. They qualified for National Convention by earning the South Dakota State Title beating out 55 teams. At Nationals she won an Overall Individual Gold Medal and their Team won a Bronze.
This year the performance classes included Reining, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Pleasure and Western Pleasure. The halter classes consisted of various age groups of Quarter Horses. Students also gave four sets of oral reasons supporting their placings to the judges, testing their recall skills and oral presentation.
Day 2 of the competition Teams worked together to complete practical activities and a team presentation. Each team was given a scenario of either an illness, farrier problem, training issue, etc. The students cooperatively solved the problems and presented their solutions. They were also tested on various aspects of equine nutrition.
It was a great opportunity and an honor to represent South Dakota. Once you have won at the State level and compete at the National Convention you are no longer allowed to participate in that division. Lauryn looks forward to the Horse Evaluation opportunities at the AHA Level.