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Vermont 4-H'ers Prove They Are Hip to Horses in Statewide Competition

Winners of the 12- and 13-year-old age group at the State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest, held April 5 in Jericho, Vermont, included Front Row (from left): Sophia Dedell, Woodstock; Callon Fish, Rutland; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Hannah Lang, Essex Back Row (from left): Linden Malmgren, Jericho; Zachary Chagnon, Winooski; Bridget Webber, West Burke; Kathryn Morin, Essex (photo credit: Michelle Suker)

Jericho--More than 80 Vermont 4-H club members turned out on April 5 for the annual State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest, co-sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Chittenden County 4-H.

The event took place at two Jericho locations, Freedom Farm (judging) and Browns River Middle School (written test, slides and identification stations). The 4-H'ers earned points for their judging skills in both a hunter under saddle and paint horse class as well as their overall knowledge of breeds, colors and markings, forages, tack, animal nutrition, veterinary procedures, anatomy, horse care and other equine science topics.

The competition was arranged by age with different questions and skills tests for each age group. Rosette ribbons were awarded to the top scorers in each division through tenth place with the top four seniors (ages 14 and up) being named to the Vermont 4-H Horse Hippology Team, which will compete this fall at the New England Regional 4-H Horse Contests in Massachusetts and Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up in Louisville, Ky., against top teams from several other states.

Members of the 2014 team are Madison Wood, Concord; David Gringeri, West Haven; Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; and Courtney Bronson, Shoreham.

Other seniors who ranked in the top ten in their division, in order, were Beverly Gartland, Essex; Ruth Snow, Shelburne; Alexis Walker, Essex Junction; Lindsey Wood, Concord; Kate Patenaude Derby Line; Bethany Demuynck, Underhill.

Winners of the Novice Senior Division were Nicole Cutler, Waterbury; Erin Flanders, Proctor; Kayla Yurkevicz, Halifax; Hannah Hobbs, Brattleboro and Tatiahna Mitchell, Brattleboro. This division is open to individuals 14 years old or older who are either new to 4-H or who have never participated in the hippology contest before.

Highest scorers in the junior divisions, in order of placement, were:

  • 12 and 13 years old: Hannah Lang, Essex; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Callon Fish, Rutland; Sophia Dedell, Woodstock; Audrey Teague, Jeffersonville; Kathryn Morin, Essex; Bridget Webber, West Burke; Zachary Chagnon, Winooski; Linden Malmgren, Jericho.
  • 10 and 11 years old: Faith Ploof, Colchester; Emma Cushman, Barre; Grace Parks, Essex; Abigail Young, Barre; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; McKenna White, Whiting; Julia Hulett, West Pawlet; Carly Jenkins, Jericho; Allison Tourville, Georgia; Hannah Carroll, Colchester.
  • 8 and 9 nine years old: Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Ryley Dubois, Addison; Brittany Webber, West Burke; Jenna Dolloph, Chester; Caroline Murray, East Montpelier; Lauren Bentley, Richmond; Zoe Aigner, Fair Haven; Marleigh Cary, Rutland; Jordan Bombard, Duxbury; Gigi Rodd, Burlington.

Hillary Fay of Westford and Ursula Ovitt of Huntington served as judges for the horse judging classes. Teen assistants for the event, all members of past state hippology teams, were Allison Bachmann, Ira; Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction and Emma Pearson, North Hero.

To learn more about the 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.

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