Burlington--Vermont 4-H had a strong presence at the Northeast Regional 4-H Horse Contest, Oct. 27 in South Windsor, Connecticut, with 29 youths taking part in the various competitions.

The annual event serves as a warm up for delegates competing at Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky, in November. It was open to 4-H'ers from the six New England states and New Jersey.

Horse judging took place at Prince Charles Enterprises, a horse breeding and training farm. For this contest participants judged six classes of horses and provided oral reasons for two.

Nomad's Adventure Center was the venue for the quiz bowl, hippology and communications contests and the oral reasons part of the judging contest. The latter included public speaking and individual and team presentations.

Two Vermont teams competed in each contest. 4-H'ers on the A Teams earned a spot on the delegation heading to Roundup. B Team participants excelled at state horse events this year but did not make the cut for Kentucky.

In judging, the A Team placed third overall with a second-place finish in oral reasons and third in classes. Three team members placed in the top 10 for individual high scores. McKenna White, Whiting, was sixth; Emma Cushman, Barre, seventh; and Grace Parks, Essex Junction, ninth.

McKenna also placed fifth for classes and tenth for reasons. Emma was seventh for reasons and eighth for classes. Grace was first for reasons. Jordan Bombard, Duxbury, came in ninth in classes.

The B Team came in second overall in judging and for classes and third in reasons. Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg, was the second high overall individual, second in classes and fourth in reasons. Olivia Campbell, Randolph, was third-high individual, first in classes and ninth in reasons. Fellow teammate Emily Lang, Hinesburg, was eighth in reasons.

In quiz bowl the A Team came in third with members Elyza Bird, Benson, capturing first place for individual scorers and Lilia Kocsis, Vernon, seventh. Faith Ploof, Westford, and Serena Welch, Shoreham, also competed on this team.

The B Team came in fourth overall. For individual scores, Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford, was fourth and Emeillia Gomo, Chester, fifth. Other team members were Makayla LaFlam, Vernon, and Rylie Zager, Gill, Massachusetts (a Windham County 4-H club member).

The hippology contest included a written phase (slides and exam), identification stations, judging and team problem solving. The A Team came in fourth overall with a third-place finish in the stations, judging and written phases and fifth in team problem solving.

Several A Team members finished in the top 10 overall and in the various phases. They were Chloe Barewicz, Jericho (seventh, overall; eighth, judging and stations); Emma Zimmermann, Northfield (seventh, judging); and Madison Zimmermann, Northfield (fourth, stations; seventh, written exam/slides). The fourth member of the team was Lillie Tuckerman, South Woodstock.

The B Team took fifth overall with a fourth-place finish in team problem solving and fifth in judging, stations and the written phases. Competing on this team were Addie Boutin, Essex Junction; Tanya Wheeler, Wilmington; and Ella Dubin, Northfield, Massachusetts, a Windham County 4-H club member, who was fifth-high individual in the judging phase.

In the communications contest Chelsea Carcoba, Danville; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; and Jasmine Mooney and Katherine Stone, both from St. Johnsbury; represented the state on the A Team, which finished first overall. Chelsea came in first in individual presentation and Eva third in public speaking. Jasmine and Katherine were third with their team presentation.

B Team members were Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville, who took second in public speaking and Colt and Wisteria Franklin, Lyndon Center, who were fifth with their team presentation. The team was fourth overall.

For information about the University of Vermont Extension 4-H horse program, contact Wendy Sorrell at wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.


Wendy M. Sorrell
Members of the Vermont B Judging Team that finished second in competition
Members of the Vermont B Judging Team that finished second in competition were (left to right) Olivia Campbell, Randolph, and Vivienne Babbott and Emily Lang, both from Hinesburg. (photo: Amanda Turgeon)
Students showing off their ribbons won in the public speaking competition
Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville, (left) and Eva Joly, Essex Junction, show off the ribbons they won in the public speaking competition. Hailee placed second and Eva, third. (photo: Amanda Turgeon)