Burlington--Four Vermont 4-H teens earned a place on the state 4-H horse quiz bowl team by achieving the highest overall scores in the Senior Division, ages 14 and older, in statewide competition on March 11.

The annual state 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl was held at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester. It was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Windsor County 4-H and attracted 91 participants. In addition to the quiz bowl competition, many of the 4-H'ers also donated decorated cakes for a silent auction with proceeds to be used for the purchase of prizes for the raffle at the Vermont 4-H Horse Show in July.

Placing first to fourth in the Senior Division were Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Dyani Jones, Jericho; and Betsy Coburn, Castleton. Their high scores earned them spots on the state team that will represent Vermont at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Kentucky, in November.

Other seniors finishing in the top ten, starting with fifth place, were Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Callon Fish, Rutland; Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Nicole Stewart, Bomoseen; and Alexia Diaz, Rutland.

Four individuals competed in the Novice Senior Division for 14- to 18-year-old contestants, who are either new to 4-H or participating in 4-H horse quiz bowl for the first time. Placing first in this division was Madison Zimmermann, Northfield, followed by Olivia Campbell, Randolph; Makayla Laflam, Vernon; and Rylie Zager, Gill, Massachusetts.                  

The top 10 scorers in the various age groups in the Junior Division, in order of placement, were as follows:

12 and 13: Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Emma Cushman, Barre; Grace Parks, Essex Junction; Jasmine Beenen, Addison; Allison Tourville, Georgia; Tanya Wheeler, Wilmington; McKenna White, Whiting; Zoe Chaves, Chester; Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Weston Cutts, Brookline

10 and 11: Emeillia Gomo, Chester; Emma Rubin, Jericho; Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford; Grace Trahnstrom, Menden; Shiane Wheeler, Wilmington Summer Le, Colchester Shyanne Wedge, Shoreham; Emily Flanders, Mt. Holly; Megan Carson, Windham; Natalie Noyes, Cambridgeport

8 and 9: Adaline Ploof, Essex Junction; Sophia Schifilitti, Colchester; Dominique Cave, Poultney; Garrett Cutts, Brookline; Abigail Frappier, Benson; Natalie Douglass, Saxtons River; Viola Brown, Vernon; Kyrrah Maynard, Wilmington; Calli Sprague, Grafton; Lucy Palmer, Cavendish

Assisting with the event were 4-H teens Chelsea Carcoba, Danville; David Gringeri, West Haven; Arin Kenyon, Chester; Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Alexis Walker, Westford; Brianna Wardwell, Hartford; and Holly Weglarz, Hartland.

For more information about the Vermont 4-H horse program and events, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator at wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.

Wendy M. Sorrell
Cakes displayed on a table for silent auction
A silent auction of decorated cakes was held at the state 4-H horse quiz bowl with proceeds going towards prizes for the raffle at the state 4-H horse show in July. (photo: Amanda Turgeon)