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Recently, the Columbus FFA Horse Judging Team traveled to the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show and Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, Okla. The team, which consisted of Jordyn Abbott, Chastin Leggett, Shelby Perry, and Bobbi Ann Shanks, competed against other 4-H and FFA teams from across the country.

They gave four sets of reasons, and judged eight classes, which included: Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Reining, and four halter classes.

The team won fifth overall, second in halter, and fourth in reasons. Individually, Bobbi Ann Shanks placed first overall, second in halter, and fourth in reasons. Jordyn Abbott placed seventh overall and sixth in performance. K. C. Youngblood and Rod Abbott accompanied the team to Oklahoma City.

The team will represent Kansas at the 2008 National FFA Horse Judging Contest in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.

Six members of the Columbus FFA chapter traveled to Washington D.C., earlier this summer where they attended the Washington Leadership Conference. Members attending were: Jordyn Abbott, Darcy Burton, Chastin Leggett, Brian Martin, Randi Mercer, and Bobbi Ann Shanks.

The conference taught the members to be better leaders by showing them how to help people in need, work together, and take action in their communities. On the last day, the members at the conference used these skills to perform community service projects, such as cleaning up a park and taking food to a shelter in the D.C. area. The students also got to tour the city, meet with their congressmen, and meet other FFA members from all over the country.

All of the Columbus FFA members greatly enjoyed this trip, and they realize that it would not have been possible without the donations and support from the community.

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