Students who participate in the FFA 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.


8:45am – Check-in

9:00am – Event kickoff/classes

11:30am – Boxed lunch provided by ND FFA

12:00PM – Reasons begin (1 halter, 1 performance)

2:30 PM - Awards


NDSU Equine Center

5140 19th Avenue North

Fargo, ND 

Block of Rooms:

Clubhouse Hotel and Suites

4400 15th Avenue South

Fargo, ND 58103


Cut off date to reserve: Monday, May 3rd. 

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