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2013 Horse Quiz Bowl Winners Announced

The winners of the 12 and 13-year-olds division at the State 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl in Springfield, Vermont, March 9, show off their ribbons. Front row (left to right): Beth McGranahan, Whitehall, N.Y.; Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Audrey Teague, Jeffersonville; Brianna Wardwell, Hartford; Linden Malmgren, Jericho. Back row: Bridget Webber, West Burke; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Lindsey Wood, Concord; Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; Julia Neeld, Essex.

Springfield--For 112 Vermont 4-H club members, March 9 was an exciting day as they competed for ribbons at the State 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl in Springfield. At stake, for older teens, was the chance to continue onto national competition as a member of the state 4-H horse quiz bowl team.

The event, hosted by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Windsor County 4-H, took place at Springfield High School. It attracted kids from 10 counties, with 39 seniors, ages 14 and older, vying for a spot on the state team that will travel to Louisville, Ky., in November for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up.

Teens named to the team for finishing at the top of their division are Jennifer Dickinson, Colchester; Emma Pearson, North Hero; Madison Wood, Concord and Kaelyn Jenny, Essex. They also will compete at the New England Regional 4-H Horse Contests in New Hampshire in October along with the "B Team" comprised of David Gringeri, West Haven; Alexis Walker, Essex; Mariah Harding, Barre; and Ruth Snow, Burlington; who finished fifth through eighth, respectively.

Carrie Turner, Brandon, and Bethany Demuynck, Underhill, rounded out the top ten finishers in the senior division, all of whom earned rosette ribbons.

In the other age groups ribbons were awarded to the following 4-H'ers, listed in order of placement:

8 and 9 years old: Grace Parks, Essex; McKenna White, Whiting; Carly Jenkins, Jericho; Claire Holmes, Wardsboro;  Allison Tourville, Georgia; Emma Cushman, Barre; Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Emmalee Fogle, Irasburg; Ellen Otterman, Barre; Brittany Webber, West Burke.

10 and 11 years old: Shea Tomlinson, Colchester; Abi Young, Barre; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; Faith Ploof, Essex; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Sydney Hoyt, Enfield, N.H.; Molly Young, St. Johnsbury; Kiera Robie, Milton; James Wood, Concord; Brooke Putzier, Jericho.

12 and 13 years old: Beth McGranahan, Whitehall, N.Y.; Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Audrey Teague, Jeffersonville; Brianna Wardwell, Hartford; Linden Malmgren, Jericho; Bridget Webber, West Burke; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Lindsey Wood, Concord; Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; Julia Neeld, Essex.

Hallie Donegan, Shelburne, and Carlie Mashia, Hinesburg, placed first and second, respectively, in the novice senior division, open to teens 14 to 18 years old, who are either new to 4-H or first-time competitors in 4-H horse quiz bowl competition.

To learn more about the 4-H horse program and upcoming 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 wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.

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