Two teams from Johnson County participated in the Paint World Horse Judging Contest held in Fort Worth on June 29. The junior and senior horse judging teams placed third and fifth place respectively out of teams from all over the United States.

“They made a good showing against some of the best teams in the U.S.” said Ed Bader who coached and prepared the students for the contest.

According to Bader, junior teams are composed of youth 13-years-old and under, and senior teams are 14 years and up. He said that there are competition events for halter horses, and 14 different performance events.

Bader said that the team members made their presentations to a panel of judges, and were judged according to accuracy and poise of their presentations.

Members of the junior team were Lydia Hogan, Darylann Reed, Kendall Hogan and Jennifer Taylor.

“Lydia was fifth high-point individual and had a perfect score in oral reasons,” said Bader.

Johnson County senior horse judging team placed third in the contest.

The team was composed of Madison Simmons, Holly Dane, Thomas Huff and Melanie McCoy. Holly was fifth high-point individual.

The senior team will advance to the Southern Regionals Contest in Memphis, Tenn., the last week in July, according to Bader.

“Johnson County is one of the few counties in Texas that has its’ own horse judging contest and it will be held Jan. 19, hosting some 50-60 teams,” Bader said.

For over 20 years, Bader has worked with area youth in the field of horse judging and averages about 20 students each year, working with them in 30 sessions per year.

Bader further commented, “These youth may not ever go into the field of horse judging, but the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in their oral reasons and presentations will be skills that will help them through life experiences.”

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