CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT
Students who participate in the Horse Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) gain new insights into equine science by evaluating and ranking horses based on breed characteristics, conformation and performance. Participants defend their decisions through oral reasons in front of a panel of judges.
In this team CDE, students solve problems related to everything from the nutrition and reproduction of horses to the tack/equipment and feed used to care for horses. Participants strengthen their leadership, observation, analysis, critical thinking and communication skills while also developing and exercising a competitive team spirit and building an awareness of career opportunities within the equine industry.
Student contestants evaluate halter classes which include Quarter Horse, Conformation Hunter, Appaloosa, Arabian, Paint and Morgan; or they evaluate performance classes which may include Western Pleasure, Western Riding (Pattern One), reining, English Pleasure (Saddle Seat), Hunter Under Saddle (Hunt Seat), and Hunter Hack. Members give oral reasons explaining their placing of specific classes.
Expectations at Convention for Horse Evaluation
Official Dress required but students can wear warm clothing over the top while judging
Official dress will be scored at the time of reasons
Students will remain in assigned groups
What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
What can students NOT BRING for themselves?
A steno, notebook or any paper materials
What will get a student/team disqualified?
Using cell phones during the event
Sharing answers with other participants
Talking to other participants during the event
Using any paper materials not provided by the event
What will be provided by the event?
Any required printed materials
Steno 6x9" notebook
Past Event Details
2021 Tack and Equipment Identification (Record in Questions/Exam Section)
2021 Performance Class Videos:
Class 1: Hunt Seat Equitation - Instructions and Video
Class 2: Western Pleasure - Video (Questions class)
Class 3: Reining: Pattern and Video
2021 Placing Class Videos:
Class 4: 3-year old Stock Fillies halter
Class 5: Half Arabian Halter
Class 6: Quarter Horse Geldings Halter (Questions class)
For your specific questions contact:
Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund
Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator