University of Vermont

Vermont Sent 16 to Compete at National 4-H Horse Event

The Vermont delegation to the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, Nov. 2-3 in Louisville, Kentucky, included Front row (left to right): Makayla LaFlam, Vernon (standing); Faith Ploof, Westford; Allison Tourville, Georgia; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; Rylie Zager, Gill, Massachusetts; and Chelsea Carcoba, Danville. Back row: Ella Haire, Hinesburg; Katherine Stone, St. Johnsbury; Emma Suker, Shrewsbury; Emma Cushman, Barre; Elyza Bird, Benson; Addie Boutin, Essex Junction; Grace Parks, Essex; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; Madison Zimmermann, Northfield; and Samantha Blackmore, Charlotte. (photo: Amanda Turgeon)

Burlington--Sixteen Vermont 4-H club members and their coaches recently returned home from Louisville, Kentucky, where they took part in various events at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup.

They were among more than 300 youths from 25 states who competed Nov. 2-4 in communications, horse quiz bowl, hippology and horse judging contests. The Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center was the venue for the competitions.

The Vermont Communications Team finished second overall. Rankings were based on a combination of individual scores from three contests--team and individual demonstrations and public speaking.

Samantha Blackmore, Charlotte, and Ella Haire, Hinesburg, captured third for their team demonstration on police horses. Benson 4-H'er Elyza Bird earned sixth for her individual presentation on ticks. The fourth team member, Olivia Suker of Shrewsbury, competed in public speaking, coming in eighth for her speech on the Lipizzan horse.

The Vermont Quiz Bowl Team took fifth place with Madison Zimmermann of Northfield finishing fifth for individual scores. Other team members were Eva Joly, Essex Junction; Grace Parks, Essex; and Emma Cushman, Barre.

Representing the state in hippology, a multi-phase competition, were Chelsea Carcoba, Danville; Faith Ploof, Westford; Katherine Stone, St. Johnsbury; and Allison Tourville, Georgia. Team placements included tenth place in the written phase and eleventh in both identification stations and team problem solving. The team did not place in the judging phase but finished eleventh overall for team standings.

For individual placings, Chelsea Carcoba took sixth overall in the written phase and second in stations. She was fifth high overall scorer in hippology.

Vermont also sent a judging team to Roundup although the team did not place in the top 10. Members were Addie Boutin, Essex Junction; Makayla LaFlam, Vernon; Emma Suker, Shrewsbury; and Rylie Zager, Gill, Massachusetts (Windham County 4-H club member).

While in Kentucky the Vermont delegation toured the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and Churchill Downs in Louisville. Coaches Julia Adams, Shrewsbury (individual demonstration); Deb Danforth, Castleton (judging); Mary Fay, Westford (hippology); Norma Katz, Springfield (quiz bowl); Andrea Scott, Milton (team demonstration); and Michelle Suker, Shrewsbury (public speaking) accompanied the group.

To learn more about state and national 4-H horse events, contact Wendy Sorrell, University of Vermont Extension 4-H livestock educator, at