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Roundup is Family Affair

4-H members
Three Vermont delegates to the 2012 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Ky., were the second generation of their families to be selected for this national event. Mary Fay (left) of Westford, Vermont 4-H Horse Program Middle Manager, joins Jen Carp and her mother Sue, Colchester; Morgan Quimby and her mother Kristin, Underhill; and Kyle Scott and his mother Andrea, Milton, for a family portrait at the roundup. (photo: Marta Merrick)

When it comes to the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, it's all in the family for several Vermont competitors. Not only has the University of Vermont Extension 4-H Horse Program sent delegates to this event since 1976, when it was held in Harrisburg, Penn., but over the years generations of families have competed.

According to Mary Fay, who has chaperoned the Vermont group every year since that first trip, this year three of the 16 members of the Vermont delegation are following in their mother's footsteps as competitors in the various contests at the national competition, which was held Nov. 2-4 in Louisville.

"Sue Carp of Colchester was one of our team members in the early to mid-1980s who was on the Vermont 4-H Quiz Bowl team that won the competition that year," Fay, a Westford resident, says. "Her daughter, Jen, is on our quiz bowl team this year and previously competed in judging and hippology in Kentucky.

"A few years later," she continues, "Kristin Weston (now Quimby) of Underhill went to Kentucky with a public speech. This year, her daughter, Morgan, competed in the public speaking competition. Kristin served as coach for her daughter."

In the early 1990s, Milton resident Andrea Turner (now Scott) represented Vermont in the team demonstration contest. Her son, Kyle, presented an individual demonstration this year with his mother as coach.

All three former Vermont 4-H members and their kids have something else in common, the Whispering Pines 4-H Club based in Jericho. Fay, who has led that club since 1971 and was a 4-H'er before that, coached two of the mothers and has helped this latest generation prepare for Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup and other 4-H horse events. In addition, all three parents attended roundup this year to watch their teens compete.

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