BURLINGTON, VT – The New England 4-H Horse Contests, held Oct. 16 in New Hampshire, attracted more than 60 competitors including 23 from Vermont representing University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H.
The annual event, designed to help 4-H’ers prepare for competitions at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky, in November was open to 4-H club members from the New England states as well as New Jersey and New York. It took place at Pembroke Academy and Townsend’s Training Farm (horse judging), both in Pembroke, NH.
Several contests were held including quiz bowl, hippology, judging and communications. The latter included both individual and team demonstrations and public speaking.
Vermont sent two teams to compete in both quiz bowl and hippology. The A Team in each event was comprised of those 4-H’ers who earned a spot on the state teams that will compete at this year’s Roundup in Kentucky. The B Teams included individuals who excelled at various state horse events this past year but who did not make the teams.
In quiz bowl the A Team came in third with Chelsea Carcoba of Danville, placing second for high individual overall scores and Catherine Thrasher of Rupert, fourth. Other team members were Kimberly Gibson, Bristol, and Bridget Webber of West Burke.
The B Team placed fourth. Competing on this team were Emily Boyd of Fairfax and Alexia Diaz of Rutland.
The hippology contest included four phases-identification stations, judging, team problem solving and a written exam. The A Team came in second overall with a first-place finish in the stations phase, second in written exam and third in both judging and team problem solving.
Team members placing in the top 10 overall and various phases included Hailee Blades of Jeffersonville (sixth, overall; third, written exam; eighth, stations; seventh, judging); Callon Fish of Rutland (second, overall; first, stations; fourth, judging); and Lauren Hodsden of Bridport (fifth, written exam; sixth, stations). The fourth member of the team was Dyani Jones of Jericho.
The B Team was first in judging and fourth in written exam, stations and team problem solving. They placed fourth overall. Individual placements were as follows: Madison Bentley of Richmond (third, judging); Baleigh Carey of Rutland (fifth, judging); and Hayleigh Tyerman of Wilmington and Nutley, New Jersey (fifth, overall; seventh, written exam; fourth, stations; eighth, judging). Amanda Reynolds of Proctor also competed on this team.
Representing Vermont in the horse judging competition were Elyza Bird of Benson; Morgan Quimby of Underhill; Olivia Suker of Shrewsbury; and Kylee Taylor of Athens. The team took second place overall and first in oral reasons.
All four team members finished in the top 10 for high individual overall scores. Elyza was third; Kylee, fifth; Morgan, seventh; and Olivia, ninth. For oral reasons, Olivia placed second, Elyza, third; and Morgan, fifth.
In the communications contests, Holly Weglarz of Hartland took third in public speaking. In team demonstration, Hannah Lang of Essex Junction, and Alexis Walker of Westford, came in second. Kassidy Wyman of Cambridgeport placed first in individual demonstration while Lindsey Wood of South Kirby was fourth.
To learn more about the Vermont 4-H horse program, contact UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator Wendy Sorrell at 802-656-5418.