GREENSBURG – Members of the North Decatur High School FFA competed in the 2018 All American Quarter Horse Congress Youth Judging Contest Wednesday.

The competition was held in Columbus, Ohio, and the local team finished in 16th place overall. Team members were Kiara Nobbe, Olivia Vanderbur, Jane Spreckelson and Caiti Osting.

The contest is a national competition in which FFA and 4-H teams must first qualify by meeting their individual state requirements. The NDHS team qualified last spring, when they placed in the top three at the Indiana State FFA/4-H Horse and Pony Judging Contest.

During the Quarter Horse Congress, contestants had to evaluate 12 classes of horses, which included nine performance classes and three halter classes. The participants then had to place them according to their conformation, quality, movement, and soundness. To finish the contest, the team had to present four sets of oral reasons to the judges, explaining their reasoning for their placing of the horses.

“This was the first time that north Decatur had ever qualified for this prestigious national competition,” NDHS FFA Advisor Scott Johnson said.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111x7004;