Kids Prep for National Competition through Regional 4-H Horse Contests
- By Mary Fay
Burlington--The New England Regional 4-H Horse Contests, held in Goffstown, N.H. on Oct. 7, produced several big winners from the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation.
Nearly 50 4-H club members from throughout the region competed at the event, which took place at the Goffstown High School and Oak Rise Farm (horse judging). The competition helps prepare the youths for Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky in November, which attracts competitors from more than 30 different states.
At the New England Regional 4-H Horse Contests, both the Vermont judging and quiz bowl teams captured first place with the latter team winning by one point on the final question. The Vermont hippology team placed third.
Members of the judging team included Bethany Demuynck, Underhill; Jennifer Dickinson, Colchester; and Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction. Emily Campbell of Montpelier, also a member of this team, was unable to attend but will join the team in Kentucky.
Jennifer was third highest individual overall in judging. Kaelyn was second highest individual scorer in judging classes. Bethany placed third in classes and second in individual oral reasons.
Allison Bachmann, Ira; Jen Carp, Colchester; Summer Colley, Colchester; and Kaila Stewart, Waterford; represented the state in quiz bowl competition.
The hippology team included Hillary Fay, Westford; Mariah Palmer, Hartland; Emi Schweikert, Underhill; and Courtney Stearns, Brandon. In individual placements, Courtney was third high individual in the stations phase where participants earn points for correctly identifying horse-related items such as different equipment, breeds and forages.
In other contests, Jessie Bachmann, Ira, and Julia Dockum, Fair Haven, finished first in team demonstration. Kyle Scott, Milton, took fourth place in individual demonstration. Morgan Quimby, Underhill, came in second in public speaking.
Coaches for the Vermont delegation include Tina Bachmann, Ira (team demonstration); Deb Danforth, Castleton (judging); Norma Katz, Springfield (quiz bowl); Kathy Kennett, Panton (hippology); Kristin Quimby, Underhill (public speaking); and Andrea Scott, Milton (individual demonstration).
For more information the Vermont 4-H horse program and Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, Nov. 2-4, contact UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator Wendy Sorrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.