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Vermont Edges Out Competition at Regional 4-H Horse Event

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Vermont 4-H horse delegates had a strong showing at the regional horse show at Eastern States Exposition, Sept.18-22, in West Springfield, Mass. The delegation included: Top row (left to right): Jennifer Dickinson, Colchester; Holly Weglarz, Hartland Middle row (left to right): Mary Fay, 4-H Horse Middle Manager, Westford; Samantha Turgeon, St. Johnsbury; Kyle Scott, Milton; Summer Colley, Colchester; Brooke Mobbs, Colchester; Kate Patenaude, Derby Line; Kennedy Mitowski, Rutland; Amanda Ferguson, Springfield; Bethany Demuynck, Underhill; Lisa Russin, chaperone, Underhill; Karli Knapp, Townshend. Bottom row (left to right): Mariah Harding, Barre; Allison Bachmann, Ira; Alexis Walker, Essex Junction; Kira Clokey, Jericho; Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction; Miranda Wright, St. Johnsbury; Emma Pearson, North Hero; Jolene Fontaine, Barn Manager, Jericho, and David Gringeri, West Haven. (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

Burlington--For the second year in a row, Vermont took first place in 4-H horse judging and quiz bowl competition at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. In addition, four of the seven finalists for the Fitting and Showmanship Championship award were from Vermont.

The 4-H horse events, with competitors from all six New England states, took place Sept. 18-22. The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation included 13 4-H'ers and six teen leaders, who were selected to provide assistance at the horse show.

The winning Vermont 4-H horse Judging Team was comprised of Allison Bachmann, Ira; Karli Knapp, Townshend; Jennifer Dickinson, Colchester; and Mariah Harding, Barre. Allison placed first; Jennifer, fourth, Karli, sixth and Mariah, eighth, for high individual scores in competition.

Other 4-H'ers placing in the top 10 in individual competition included Emma Pearson, North Hero (ninth) and Kate Patenaude, Derby Line (tenth). Allison, Jennifer and Mariah also competed on the Vermont 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Team along with Summer Colley, Colchester.

Teen leaders competed in their own horse judging competition with Amanda Ferguson, Springfield, taking third; Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction, fourth; Miranda Wright, St. Johnsbury, sixth and Kyle Scott, Milton, ninth.

In the General Knowledge contest (written test) in the Delegate Division Vermont youths placing in the top 10 overall included Jennifer Dickinson, Colchester (second); Alexis Walker, Essex Junction (third); Allison Bachmann, Ira (fourth); Brooke Mobbs, Colchester (fifth); Emma Pearson, North Hero (seventh) and Mariah Harding, Barre (tenth). In the General Knowledge for teen leaders competition, Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction, took first; Kyle Scott, Milton, came in fifth; Samantha Turgeon, St. Johnsbury, sixth and Summer Colley, Colchester, ninth.

In the fitting and showmanship classes exhibitors were evaluated on their poise and handling and presentation of their horse as well as its body condition, grooming and overall appearance. Holly Weglarz, Hartland; Allison Bachmann, Ira; Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction and Brooke Mobbs, Colchester, were among the seven finalists with Holly winning the championship.

Vermont teen leaders also did well in their fitting and showmanship classes with Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction, finishing first and Amanda Ferguson, Springfield, second.

Other notable wins at the regional horse show included Allison Bachmann, Ira, first, and Alexis Walker, Essex Junction, second, in their respective English Equitation classes. Other Vermont 4-H'ers placing first in classes included Kennedy Mitowski, Rutland (Western Handiness); Katelyn Patenaude, Derby Line (Western Pleasure); Holly Weglarz, Hartland (Western Trail) and Allison Bachmann, Ira (Command). This was the third year in a row that Allison has won the Command class.

In addition, for the second straight year Allison received the Mac McDonald Award, given in memory of a staunch supporter of the 4-H horse show to the exhibitor with the highest combined scores from the fitting and showmanship, general knowledge and judging contests.

To learn more about the UVM Extension 4-H Horse Program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or toll-free at (800) 571-0668, ext. 2 (Vermont calls only).

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