The Golden Horizon Chapter Recognition program is a state level award to provide a measurement tool for chapter officers and advisors and recognize chapters who succeed in involving a large number of members in the diverse array of activities available through the FFA. This award recognizes a well-rounded local FFA chapter with an inclusive, progressive, aggressive program of activities that promotes maximum participation in order to deliver the leadership component of agricultural education.
Chapters are recognized within Single Teacher and Multiple Teacher divisions. Chapters are placed into Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, with the top 25% of chapters in each division receiving a Gold Ranking. Gold rated chapters are recognized on stage during the Texas FFA Convention.
In order to accomplish this award, chapter memberz participate in activities on the district, area, state and national level. These activities include: Leadership Development Events, Career Development Events, attending conventions, Degree Checks, Ag Science Fair, Rodeo, Speaking Development Events, Scholarship recipients, Shooting Sports, Community Service, Award Applications for Proficiencies in Agriculture, Star Awards for various FFA Degrees , Livestock Show participation, Ag Mechanic Show participation, Tour Guide participation, Day at the Capitol, Membership numbers vs Class enrollment, Officer Candidates above the chapter level, FFA Band, FFA Chorus, FFA Courtesy Corp, FFA Ambassadors, and Talent Team.
In essence, FFA is like an athletic department where you have a variety of sports teams. Instead FFA has a variety of activities and the AG teachers act as coaches. Some of the activities are accomplished in groups and others are done individually.