Burlington--Vermont 4-H'ers had a good run at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky, placing in the top 10 teams in three of the four competitions they entered.

The annual event took place Nov. 8-10 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. Considered the largest national 4-H horse program contest, it attracted more than 250 youths from 25 states, who competed in communications, quiz bowl, horse judging and hippology.

Representing the state on the communications team, which placed third overall, were Chelsea Carcoba, Danville (individual presentation); Eva Joly, Essex Junction (public speaking); and Jasmine Mooney and Katherine Stone, both from St. Johnsbury (team presentation). The team members all placed sixth in their respective competitions.

To determine team rankings, scores were added together from each communications contest. They were coached by John Joly, Essex Junction (public speaking); Andrea Scott, Milton (team presentation); and Amanda Turgeon, St. Johnsbury (individual presentation).

Vermont finished ninth in the judging competition with team member Grace Parks, Essex Junction, earning a spot in the top 10 for high individual scores with a sixth-place finish. Her teammates were Jordan Bombard, Duxbury; Emma Cushman, Barre; and McKenna White, Whiting. Their coach was Deb Danforth, Castleton.

The horse quiz bowl team also placed ninth after several fast-paced buzzer rounds to answer questions on anatomy, nutrition, breeds, horsemanship, feeds, horse care and history of the horse, among other topics. The team, which was coached by Julia Adams, Shrewsbury, included Elyza Bird, Benson; Lilia Kocsis, Vernon; Faith Ploof, Westford; and Serena Welch, Shoreham.

In multi-phase hippology contest the 4-H'ers participated in a written exam, judging, team problem solving and identification stations. Members of this team were Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Lillie Tuckerman, South Woodstock; and Emma and Madison Zimmermann, Northfield. Jolene Fontaine, Jericho, was their coach.

Before returning home, the 4-H'ers toured Churchill Downs in Louisville, home to the Kentucky Derby, and the Fritz Leeman Farm, a horse breeding farm in Massillon, Ohio. Mary Fay of Westford accompanied the delegation along with the team coaches.

To learn more about state and national 4-H horse events, contact Wendy Sorrell, University of Vermont Extension 4-H livestock educator, at wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.


Wendy M. Sorrell
Group representing Vermont in the horse judging competition
McKenna White, Whiting (left to right); Emma Cushman, Barre; Jordan Bombard, Duxbury; and Grace Parks, Essex Junction; represented Vermont in the horse judging competition at Roundup. (photo: Amanda Turgeon)