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Addison County 4-H'ers Compete in Horse Hippology Contest

Weybridge--There was no horsing around at the Addison County 4-H Horse Hippology contest, Jan. 20 in Weybridge, as 39 competitors tested their knowledge of all things equine.

The event was hosted by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Addison County 4-H at the Weybridge Elementary School. Participating Addison County 4-H club members, ages eight to 18, were evaluated on their ability to judge a horse conformation class from photographs as well as their knowledge of tack, feed, fencing, breeds, coloring patterns and other horse-related topics.

Winners, by age group, listed first through fifth place, included:

Eight and nine-year-olds: McKenna White, Whiting; Abby Hodsden, Bridport; Michaela Bania, Florence; Chelsea Balch, Castleton; Nicholas Sheldrick, Salisbury.

10 and 11-year-olds: Alexis Marnellos, Lincoln; Abigail Larock, Whiting; Haley Bania, Florence; Hannah Todd, West Rutland; Charlotte Willis, Lincoln.

12 and 13-year-olds: Makaila Cota, Bristol; Callon Fish, Rutland; Kayla Gevry, Addison; Kendra Stearns, Brandon; Ciara Eagan, Middlebury.

14-year-olds and up: Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Marissa Jochum, Addison; Brooklyn Currier, New Haven; Marisa Beanland, North Chittenden; Eliza Kurth, New Haven.

Many of the participants in this county contest will compete again at the State 4-H Horse Hippology contest, April 6 at Wishful Thinking Farm, New Haven, and Vergennes Union High School. The state competition attracts close to 100 4-H'ers from throughout Vermont.

For more information about 4-H clubs and activities in Addison County, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Martha Seifert at (802) 388-4969, ext. 335 or by e-mail at martha.seifert@uvm.edu.

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