4-H/FFA Judging Clinic to be Held at WWU

The annual judging clinic for 4-H and National Future Farmers of America (FFA) will be held at William Woods University Saturday (Feb. 15). WWU students will help participants judge several horses individually and as a group.

Although all participants are required to register, there is no fee for participating or attending. Participants can register that morning. The clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UPHA arena.

Events in the past have included basic reasons structure and note taking, a halter class workshop, pleasure class workshop and a practice contest. Students will help participants through the classes and then let teams and individuals go to work in the afternoon.

The William Woods judging team is open to anyone wanting to learn more about horses and competitive judging. Competitive judging can be done individually or with a team of four to five. Jennie Petterson, chair of the equestrian studies division at WWU, and Liz Kuda coach the WWU judging team.

Participants will judge halter classes, performance classes, and give sets of reasons. Reasons are two-minute speeches, given from memory, explaining how you placed the classes.

Founded around 1902, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities. Fueled by university-backed curriculum, 4-h’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living and food security.

Future Farmers of America was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting—it’s a science, a business and an art.

FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.

For more information, contact Petterson at jennie.petterson@williamwoods.edu.