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Osakis 4-H'er judges Arabians in Oklahoma

Young Minnesota judges display the ribbons they received in a national Arabian horse judging competition. From left: coach Josh Tjosaas, Taylor Clemenson from Stevens County, Madison Floden from Douglas County and Savannah Aanerud from Stevens County. (Contributed)

A young Douglas County horsewoman's strong performance in a statewide horse show this fall earned her a trip to a national horse judging event in Oklahoma on Oct. 27.

Madison Floden, a Hoofbeats 4-H member and a senior at Osakis High School, went to Oklahoma with two other Minnesotans, both from Stevens County.

"The young men and women honored in Tulsa Oklahoma are among those who will shape the horse industry in the next century," said the local University of Minnesota Extension office in a news release. "As professionals and amateurs, they will contribute to the success of all breeds."

The three 4-H'ers attended the 47th annual Arabian Horse Judging Contest. Sponsored by The Arabian Horse Association, the event focused on developing self-confidence and sound reasoning skills among the young judges.

Floden was among 87 contestants, and the Minnesotans were among 27 teams who participated. They evaluated, compared and placed performances, then compared their scorings against those issued by official judges. They had to defend their decisions orally.

Madison took seventh place in halter, 10th in performance, and sixth overall. The team she was on took fifth place in halter, fourth in performance, fifth in reasons and fifth overall.

Josh Tjosaas and Patty Floden served as coaches.