Hayden Lyford, Krystin and Madison Skoda (from Randolph, VT) and Analiese and Caleb Morvan (Northfield, VT) will represent the state at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA in September. Joey Ferris of Braintree also qualified but because he is only eight, he does not meet the age requirement to compete at the next level.
For Eastern States, 4-H’ers must be at least 12 years old. Eligibility is based on overall point accumulation at three qualifier shows in Vermont this summer. The shows were held July 19 at the Connecticut Valley Fair in Bradford and Aug. 8 and 16 at Rough Terrain Farm in Randolph Center.
To qualify, the 4-H teamsters had to participate in all three events at a minimum of two shows. They also had to submit their 4-H working steers project record book and 4-H member record book for evaluation prior to the third qualifying show.
In fitting and showing, the contestants were evaluated on their personal appearance and the condition, cleanliness and grooming of their team. Judges also considered how well they drove their team and their general knowledge of working steers.
In the cart class, they were judged on their ability to maneuver a two-wheeled cart through a series of obstacles. This was a timed event in which competitors had a set time limit to hitch their team to the cart and complete the course.
The third event was the stone boat pull. As in the cart class, the 4-H’ers had to finish the course within a specified time limit. They were evaluated on how well their team responded to basic commands to pull a stone boat, a type of sled for moving heavy objects.
UVM Extension 4-H currently has three working steer 4-H clubs: Green Mountain Teamsters, Pomfret; Hooves and Horns, Randolph; and the Northern Vermont Working Steer 4-H Club, West Fairlee.
To learn more about this program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator at 802-656-5418.