Equine Prepared Speech Challenge
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Equine Public Speaking Challenge

New for 2020! The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in conjunction with the Texas A&M University Equine Initiative will hold an Equine Public Speaking Challenge on January 19 at noon.


  • Open to all students between the ages of 14-18, as of January 1, 2020 who are enrolled and are attending public, private or home school elementary or secondary schools in Texas.
  • Open to the first 60 applicants.
  • Entry fee: $20
  • Scholarships totaling $14,000 will be available to the 1st – 6th placing contestants.
  • The contest will consist of two rounds.

Round One

All contestants should come prepared to present a 5-minute speech prepared on a topic related to the equine industry. Topics may vary, but must include an issue within the industry and a probable solution to that issue. The top three scores from each room will move on to the final round.

Final Round

Twelve contestants will proceed to the final round, which will consist of a 5-minute prepared speech, followed by three questions from the judges’ panel. This round will be open to the public.
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