Callon Fish, Rutland; Lauren Hodsden, Bridport; Olivia Suker, Shrewsbury; and Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; made the team after placing in the top four in the Senior Division (14 and older) at the State 4-H Horse Hippology Contest, April 2. The event took place at Kedron Valley Stables, South Woodstock (judging) and Woodstock High School, Woodstock (written test, cognitive and hands-on skills tests and identification stations). Hosts were University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Windsor County 4-H.
The team will represent Vermont at the New England Regional 4-H Horse Contests in Concord, NH in October. They also will travel to Louisville, KY, in November for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up, an event that attracts more than 30 teams from throughout the country.
Other seniors who ranked in the top ten in their division, in order, include Holly Weglarz, Hartland; Dyani Jones, Jericho; Hannah Lang, Essex; Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville; Arin Kenyon, Chester; and Amanda Ferguson, Springfield.
Junior Division winners were, in order of placement:
8 – 9 years old: Grace Trahnstran, Rutland; Jenna Bennett, Swanton; Megan Carson, Windham; Abby Williams, Chester; Laura Kamel, Westminster Station; Kyrah Cutts, Brookline
10 – 11 year olds: Ryley Dubois, Addison; Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford; Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Emeillia Gomo, Chester; Megan Robart, East Dover; Shiane Wheeler, Wilmington; Jenna Dolloph, Chester; Zoe Aigner, Fair Haven; Marleigh Cary, Rutland; Shyanne Wedge, Shoreham
12 – 13 years olds: Faith Ploof, Essex Junction; Grace Parks, Essex Junction; Julia Hulett, West Pawlet; Tanya Wheeler, Wilmington; Allison Tourville, Georgia; McKenna White, Whiting; Emma Cushman, Barre; Sophie Lee, Underhill; Eva Joly, Essex Junction; Jasmine Beenen, Addison
Novice Senior Division (14 years old and up and new to 4-H or the hippology contest): Averie Lowe, Bellows Falls; Kaitlyn Relihan, Springfield; Yachne Nilges, Townshend; Gypsy Burdo, Swanton
Assisting with the event were 4-H’ers Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; and Alexis Walker, Westford. All three previously competed on state 4-H horse hippology teams in national competition.
To learn more about the 4-H horse program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418 or toll-free at 800-571-0668, ext. 2.