From the national blue and gold stage to the dirt-filled collegiate arena, Adair, Okla., native Wyatt Smith has proven successful in his judging endeavors this fall. A freshman on the Connors State College livestock judging team, Smith took first place individually in the horse evaluation competition at the 86th Annual National FFA Convention, held in Louisville, Ky.
“I was excited when they called my name on stage at National FFA Convention,” said Smith. “All my hard work and dedication finally paid off.”
The National FFA Horse Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests the student’s ability to select and evaluate horses. Event components include eight selection classes that consisted of four halter classes and four performance classes. Students also give four sets of oral reasons with two sets coming from each evaluation class. Teams also work together to complete practical activities and a team presentation.
“We are proud of Wyatt for his accomplishments on the national level,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “Given his hard work in the arena thus far, I look forward to his successes here at Connors.”
In addition to his individual honors, Smith led his Adair FFA teammates to first place in the team competition. For his achievements, Smith was awarded two $1,000 cash scholarships.
The 18-year-old pre-vet major is a member of the CSC Aggie Club and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. He is the son of Darrell and Quannah Smith.