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State 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Held March 8 in Bristol

(from left to right) Alexis Walker, Essex; Emma Pearson, North Hero; David Gringeri, West Haven and Kaelyn Jenny, Essex; placed in the top four in the senior division at the Vermont 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl, March 8, in Bristol, earning them spots on the team that will represent the state in national competition. (photo credit: Marlowe Jenkins)

Bristol--On March 8 Vermont 4-H club members demonstrated their horse smarts at the Vermont 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl, responding to questions on horse care and health, anatomy, nutrition, breeds, history of the horse and other equine-related topics.

The annual event, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Addison County 4-H, was held at Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol. A total of 104 individuals from 10 counties took part in this fast-paced competition with rosette ribbons awarded to the top 10 finishers in each age group.

In addition, the four seniors (ages 14 and up) with the highest overall scores earned a spot on the state team that will compete this November at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Ky. They include, in order of placement, Kaelyn Jenny, Essex; David Gringeri, West Haven; Emma Pearson, North Hero and Alexis Walker, Essex.

Other seniors finishing in the top ten, listed from fifth to tenth place, were Emily Campbell, Northfield; Beth McGranahan, Middletown Springs; Brianna Wardwell, Hartford; Betsy Coburn, Castleton; Kerrigan Lessor, Burlington and Nichole Wardwell, Hartford.

Eight individuals competed in the Novice Senior Division, which was open to teens 14 to 18 years old, who are either new to 4-H or first-time entrants in the 4-H horse quiz bowl contest. Placing first in this division was Shelbie Gebert of Windsor, followed by Nicole Cutler, Waterbury; Eliza Kurth, Bristol; Valerie Koch, Windsor; Brooklyn Currier, New Haven; Allie Clark, Addison; Lily Basye, Hinesburg and Kayla Gevry, Addison.

Winners in the junior division, organized according to age group, were as follows:

  • 12 and 13 years old: Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Shea Tomlinson, Colchester; Bridget Webber, West Burke; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Alexis Marnellos, Lincoln; Sophia Dedell, Woodstock; Audrey Teague, Jeffersonville; Baleigh Cary, Rutland; Julia Neeld, Essex; Sabrina Nardone, Williston.
  • 10 and 11 years old: Faith Ploof, Essex; Carly Jenkins, Jericho; Eva Joly, Essex Junction;       Julia Hulett, West Pawlet; Grace Parks, Essex; Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Abigail Young, Barre; Emma Cushman, Barre; Allison Tourville, Georgia; Ellen Otterman, Barre.
  • 8 and 9 years old: Kelsey Adams, Pittsford; Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Ryley Dubois, Addison; Britney Webber, West Burke; Emily Carpenter, Richmond; Marleigh Cary, Rutland; Jordan Bombard, Duxbury; Audrey Coffin, Richmond; Kayli Aldrich, Athens; Gianna Rodd, Burlington.

In addition to the quiz bowl competition, the event included silent auctions of decorated cakes and resource books to raise money to fund future 4-H horse opportunities. Kyle Scott, Milton, and Emily Campbell, Northfield, gave a presentation at lunch time about Teen Exploration (formerly called Vermont 4-H Teen Congress), Mini Congress and other opportunities available to 4-H'ers.

For more information about quiz bowl and other 4-H horse events, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668, ext. 2, or by e-mail at