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Vermont 4-H'ers Take Part in "Big E" Youth Working Steer Show

Representing Vermont at the youth working steer show at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Sept. 23-25, were Vermont 4-H'ers Krystin Skoda, Randolph (left), and Caleb Morvan, Northfield. Amanda Ferris, Braintree (right), was the alternate. (photo: Terri Chamberlin)

Burlington--Three Vermont 4-H teamsters traveled to West Springfield, Massachusetts, for the youth working steer show at Eastern States Exposition, held Sept. 23-25.

Caleb Morvan of Northfield and the Green Mountain Teamsters 4-H Club, and Krystin Skoda of Randolph and the Hooves and Horns 4-H Club, participated in the fitting and showmanship, cart class and stone boat contests. Amanda Ferris of Braintree, also a member of Hooves and Horns, was selected as an alternate. She assisted the 4-H'ers with their teams but did not compete.

The two competitors each received a red ribbon in senior fitting and showmanship. For this competition, the judges evaluate the exhibitors on their knowledge of working steers, their handling of their team and the appearance and condition of their animals including proper fit of equipment.

In the cart class, a timed event, scores are based on how quickly the youths hitch their team to a two-wheeled cart and navigate a short obstacle course. For the stone boat pull, another timed event, they are scored on how well the team responds to voice commands to pull a stone boat, a type of sled used to move heavy objects.

Caleb was awarded a red ribbon in cart class and a blue in stone boat. He also received the Senior Sportsman Award. Krystin earned a white in cart class and red in stone boat.

In order to compete at Eastern States, the Vermont 4-H'ers first had to qualify at the state level. In addition to participating in two of the three qualifying working steer shows this past summer, they had to submit both their 4-H working steer project and 4-H member record books for evaluation and be 12 or older.

To learn more about the Vermont 4-H working steer program, contact Wendy Sorrell, University of Vermont Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 651-8343, ext. 513.