FFA team tops in livestock judging

by karla pomeroy

The Paintrock FFA team of Spencer Redland, Payton Gonzalez, Bree Dooley and Colten Flitner won the FFA livestock judging contest as well as the overall team at the NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) in Billings last week.

Advisor Jared Boardman said, “They beat a total of 72 teams from seven states and even Canada in the FFA division.” To win the overall team they beat a total of 95 teams.

He added, “The win really surprised me. Going into the contest I thought we had the ability to win it, but after we saw our scores I didn’t think we had pulled it off. When they announced that we had won I was really excited for all of them. They have worked hard over the last several years to get to this point. Hopefully, this win will propel us into a great year of competition.”

He said this is the team’s second win in three years at the competition for FFA but last time one senior 4-H team beat the Paintrock FFA team for the overall champion. Bringing home the bronze boot was a first for the chapter.

Individually, Flitner was sixth high overall out of more than 260 FFA students; Dooley was 13th overall and Gonzales 15th overall.

Redland was fifth overall in oral reasons

Redland said, “The team really pulled together. We all seemed to rotate having good days throughout the year at different contests. It makes the team strong having four high quality members. Hopefully,m we can put it all together for our future competitions and keep on winning.”

Dooley said, “To beat so many teams from so many different states and even countries was really exciting. We have won contests before but this is the biggest and most talented field we have competed against.”

Also at the NILE, Jordan Flitner competed in her first FFA contest as an individual and placed in the top half of the contest.