Burlington--Sixteen Vermont 4-H'ers were among the more than 300 delegates from 26 states who competed at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, Nov. 3-5.
The annual event, the largest national 4-H horse program competition in the country, took place at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Delegates had a chance to match wits in quiz bowl, communications, horse judging and hippology contests.
The quiz bowl team came in fourth, the highest placing at Roundup for a Vermont team in this competition for several years. Members were Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Betsy Coburn, Castleton; Dyani Jones, Jericho; and Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury. Dyani also finished fourth for highest overall individual score.
In the communications contests, Elyza Bird, Benson, and Callon Fish, Rutland, placed third in team demonstration with a presentation on importing horses to America. Hannah Lang, Essex Junction, came in fourth in the individual demonstration category with her demonstration on vaccinating horses.
Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport, also a member of the team, participated in the public speaking contest with a talk on the overabundance of unwanted horses. The communications team finished third overall.
Vermont also sent both a judging and a hippology team to the competition although neither team finished in the top 10 in their event. Competing on the judging team were Chelsea Carcoba, Danville; Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Lillie Tuckerman, South Woodstock; and Madison Zimmermann, Northfield.
Hippology team members were Madison Bentley, Richmond; Kimberly Gibson, Bristol; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; and Haleigh Tyerman, Wilmington. This contest consisted of several phases: a written exam, horse judging, team problem solving and identification stations where the contestants were required to answer questions about breeds, anatomy, horse care and other equine topics.
In addition to competing, the Vermont 4-H'ers toured Churchill Downs in Louisville, home to the Kentucky Derby, and the Proud Heritage Training Center in Johnstown, Ohio, a nationally recognized training facility for Arabian horses.
Accompanying the group were 4-H horse middle manager Mary Fay, Westford; and coaches Julia Adams, Shrewsbury (team demonstration); Deb Danforth, Castleton (judging); Norma Katz, Springfield (quiz bowl); Kathy Kennett, Panton (hippology); Andrea Scott, Milton (individual demonstration); and Tina Wyman, Cambridgeport (public speaking).
For information about the Vermont 4-H horse program, contact University of Vermont Extension 4-H livestock educator Wendy Sorrell at (800) 571-0668 (toll-free in Vermont).