Olympia excels at the Section 9 FFA Fair

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[August 17, 2019]   The Olympia FFA Chapter was very well represented at the 2019 Section 9 FFA Fair which was held on July 30 at the McLean County Fairgrounds.

Olympia FFA member, Shelby Lynch was the high point individual overall in the horse division after winning her halter class, showmanship, English riding, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship and Ranch Horse Pleasure. Shelby was also second place in Western Pleasure and trail riding.

L-R: Hannah Casey, Ryleigh Hilt, Alyssa Casey and Shelby Lynch

Alyssa Casey was reserve high point overall as she was the winner in Western Pleasure, trail riding, and barrel racing. Alyssa was also 2nd in showmanship, English riding, equitation and horsemanship.

Ryleigh Hilt had a very good day as well in the arena. Ryleigh was 2nd place in pole bending and 3rd in horsemanship, trail riding and western pleasure.

Hannah Casey also showed in 10 different horse classes and was near the top in each one.

In the beef barn, Olympia FFA member, Tyler Miller was very successful. Tyler had Grand Champion Heifer over all breeds with his Champion Chi heifer. He also earned Reserve Champion Angus heifer.

In the hog barn, the Simpson sisters and Davis cousins were busy showing their livestock.

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Kaylin Simpson (left) and Elizabeth Davis (right) drive their gilts as the judge evaluates the class.

Elizabeth Davis won Champion and Reserve Champion Spot barrows as well as Reserve Champion Spot gilt.

Ethan Davis won Champion Poland gilt and placed very well with his other hogs.

Kari Simpson won Champion Chester White gilt, Reserve Champion Berkshire gilt and Reserve Champion Hampshire gilt.

Kaylin Simpson won Champion All Other Breeds barrow and stated, I like the FFA Fair because its a great opportunity to show off all the hard work that we put into our livestock.

These FFA members work countless hours with their livestock preparing them for the show ring. They also spend a lot of time looking for ways to improve the genetics among their herds.

Most of these FFA members will compete at several shows this summer and fall.

[Bryce A. Hoffman
Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor
Olympia High School]


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