Essex Junction--It was all about horses on March 3 as 4-H'ers from four counties competed in the Chittenden County 4-H Invitational Horse Quiz Bowl Contest in Essex Junction.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Chittenden County 4-H hosted the event at Essex High School. In buzzer rounds, arranged according to age, the 29 participants answered questions on horse breeds, reproduction, anatomy, feeds, health, equine history and related topics, earning points for correct responses.

The 4-H'ers earned rosette ribbons for placing as follows:

  • SENIOR DIVISION (14-18):  Madison Zimmerman, Northfield (first); Faith Ploof, Westford (second); Ella Haire, Hinesburg (third); Allison Tourville, Georgia (fourth); Natalie Tylenda, Essex (fifth); Sammie Blackmore, Charlotte (sixth)
  • JUNIOR DIVISION (12-13): Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford (first); Emma Zimmermann, Northfield (second); Shyanne Wedge, Shoreham (third); Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg (fourth); Neika Haire, Hinesburg (fifth); Jordan Bombard, Duxbury (sixth); Emily Lang, Hinesburg (seventh); Olivia Osekoski, Hinesburg (eighth)
  • JUNIOR DIVISION (10-11): Summer Le, Colchester (first); Greta Friesen, Hinesburg (second): Hannah Smiley, Milton (third): Kiera Newton, Milton (fourth); Sophia Schifilliti, Colchester (fifth); Elizabeth Hahn, Hinesburg (sixth); Jenna Bennett, Highgate (seventh); Phoebe DePatie, Highgate (eighth); Madeline Tylenda, Essex (ninth)
  • JUNIOR DIVISION (8-9): Kelsey Paradee, Swanton (first); Madeline Langlois, Westford (second); Ben Tylenda, Essex (third); Addie Ploof, Westford (fourth); Jacob Marinoff, Swanton (fifth); Jack Tylenda, Essex (sixth)

To learn more about the 4-H horse program in Vermont, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 651-8343, ext. 513, or


Rosemarie M. Garritano