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Vermont Judging Team Selected At State 4-H Horse Judging Contest

The top 10 finishers in the Junior Division, ages 8 to 10, at the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest, May 4, were Top Row (from left): Madison Bentley, Richmond; Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Brittany Webber, West Burke; Eva Joly, Essex Junction. Bottom row (from left): Allie Cloutier, Barton; Carly Jenkins, Jericho; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Emma Cushman, Barre; Lauren Bentley, Richmond. (photo courtesy of Amanda Turgeon)

Castleton--Months of practice paid off for four Vermont teens, who earned the chance to represent Vermont in national competition by finishing at the top of their division at the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest, May 4.

David Gringeri, West Haven; Summer Colley, Colchester; Alexis Walker, Essex Junction and Holly Weglarz, Hartland, placed first through fourth in the Senior Division (ages 14 and up). They will head to Louisville, Ky., in November to compete at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up.

They were among the 53 4-H club members from eight counties who participated in the University of Vermont Extension event held at two Castleton locations, Horse Amour (judging) and Castleton Elementary School  (oral reasons).  Each competitor provided written placements for each class, which were scored against placings by the official judge. All 4-H'ers age 12 and older also were required to present oral reasons for their placings.

Other top 10 finishers in the senior division, listed fifth through tenth place, included Katelyn Patenaude, Holland (state team alternate); Kira Clokey, Jericho; Bridgette Charlebois, Jericho; Mariah Palmer, Hartland; Morgan Quimby, Underhill; Miranda Wright, St. Johnsbury.

Three individuals competed in the Novice Senior Division, open to teens 14 to 18 years old, who are either new to 4-H or first-time competitors in this contest. They are not eligible for the state team. Winners in order of placement were Amanda Reardon, Essex Junction; Samantha Turgeon, St. Johnsbury, Karly Lekberg, Brandon.

Winners in the Junior Division, ages 12 and 13 years old, were Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Kassidy Wyman,Cambridgeport; Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; Audrey Teague, Jeffersonville; Chelsea Carcoba, Danville; Hannah Lang, Essex; Julia Donlevy, Jeffersonville; Arin Kenyon, Chester; Connor Jenny, Essex Junction; Bridget Webber, West Burke.

Taking first through tenth place in the Junior Division for ages eight to ten were Madison Bentley, Richmond; Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Brittany Webber, West Burke; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; Allie Cloutier, Barton; Carly Jenkins, Jericho; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Emma Cushman, Barre; Lauren Bentley, Richmond.

Assisting at the event were Allison and Jessica Bachmann, Ira; Jen Carp, Colchester; Bethany Demuynck, Underhill and Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction. All five 4-H'ers competed nationally as members of the state 4-H horse judging team in previous years.

To learn more about the 4-H horse project and horse events, please contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or toll-free at (800) 571-0668, ext. 2 or by e-mail at wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.

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