BURLINGTON, VT — Nearly 300 4-H’ers from 24 states gathered in Louisville, KY, Nov. 7-9, for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, including 16 Vermonters who earned a place on the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation as winners at state competitions.
The roundup, considered the largest national 4-H horse program contest in the country, was hosted by the North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Participants qualified for one of the six contests — hippology, horse judging, horse quiz bowl, team demonstrations, public speaking and individual presentations.
Vermont’s Communications Team was named the reserve champions in the communications competition, losing the championship by only one point. In individual demonstration, Holly Weglarz of Hartland placed fifth. In team demonstration Ashley Scott, Milton, and Morgan Quimby, Underhill, placed seventh. Kyle Scott of Milton placed sixth in public speaking.
To determine team ranking, scores were added together from each communications contest. Coaches were Sonja Blanchard, Woodstock; Cathy Leathersich, Underhill; and Andrea Scott, Milton.
00020000070A000004D0704,The Vermont 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Team finished seventh. David Gringeri, West Haven; Emma Pearson, North Hero; and Kaelyn Jenny and Alexis Walker, both from Essex Junction, were on the team. Norma Katz of Springfield was their coach.
In the judging contest, the Vermont team finished fourth in performance classes and seventh overall. Team members were Katelyn Patenaude, Derby Line; Rachel Scibek, Colchester; Catherine Thrasher, Rupert and Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport. Their coach was Deborah Danforth of Castleton.
The hippology competition had several phases including a written exam, judging, team problem solving and stations. The latter consisted of a series of stations where contestants were asked to answer questions on horse-related topics such as breeds, nutrition, anatomy and horse health.
Vermont finished first by a wide margin in team problem solving, sixth in judging and 10th in the stations phase. The team placed ninth overall in the hippology competition with Madison Wood of Kirby having the ninth highest individual score in the judging phase. Other members of the team were Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, NY; and Ruth Snow, Northfield. They were coached by Kathy Kennett of Panton.
While in Kentucky, the Vermont delegation visited Churchill Downs in Louisville, home to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The trip was funded in part by the State 4-H Horse Council with several county 4-H foundations and local sponsors also providing scholarships for local participants. Mary Fay of Westford, the 4-H horse program middle manager, accompanied the state delegation.
For more information about 4-H horse activities, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-571-0668, ext.