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Three 4-H Teamsters Headed to Big E

Show judge Jerry Courser from Warner, New Hampshire, waits as the 4-H teamsters line up their teams at a recent working steer show at the Connecticut Valley Fair fairgrounds in Bradford. From left: Amanda Ferris, Braintree; Krystin Skoda, Randolph; Carrie Comstock, Wilder; (behind Krystin); Kate and Kameron Gallant, both from Wheelock; Moriah Jellison, Bath, New Hampshire; Olivia Hudson, Sheffield; and Michael Hutchins, Haverhill, New Hampshire. (photo: Allison Smith/UVM Extension 4-H)

Burlington--Three Vermont 4-H teamsters have qualified to compete in the youth working steer show at Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts, in September.

Two Hooves and Horns 4-H Club members, Amanda Ferris, Braintree, and Krystin Skoda, Randolph, and Backwoods Teamsters 4-H Club member Kate Gallant, Wheelock, will be participating in the fitting and showing, cart class and stone boat contests at the Big E, Sept. 22-24.

To qualify, 4-H'ers be 12 years old and must participate in all three contests in at least two of the three qualifying shows held this summer. They also must submit both their 4-H working steer project record book and 4-H member record book for evaluation prior to the third show. Eligibility is based on the individual's overall point accumulation.

Qualifying shows were held July 15 and 21 and Aug. 11 at the Connecticut Valley Fair fairgrounds in Bradford. The first show took place in conjunction with the annual Connecticut Valley Fair. Although the shows were open to all 4-H youths, only members of Vermont 4-H clubs were eligible for consideration for the Big E.

In fitting and showing the 4-H'ers were awarded points based on their knowledge of working steers, how well they handled and drove their team and the overall appearance and condition of their animals including proper fit of equipment. 

The cart class is a timed event where competitors are judged on how quickly they can hitch their team to a two-wheeled cart and navigate an obstacle course. The stone boat pull, also a timed event, involves getting the working steer team to respond to voice commands to pull a stone boat, which is a type of sled used to move heavy objects.

Other 4-H'ers who participated in some or all of the Vermont working steer shows this summer were Carrie Comstock, Wilder; Joey Ferris, Braintree; Kameron Gallant, Wheelock; Olivia Hudson, Sheffield; Michael Hutchins, Haverhill, New Hampshire; Moriah and Tori Jellison, both from Bath, New Hampshire; and Megan Taylor, East Randolph.

For information about the 4-H Working Steer Program in Vermont, contact Wendy Sorrell, University of Vermont Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 651-8343, ext. 513.