The event took place at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, and Chinquapin Farm in Pittsfield (horse judging), and included quiz bowl, hippology, judging, and communications contests. The latter involved public speaking and individual and team demonstrations.
New England, New Jersey, and New York 4-H’ers were invited to participate in the contests, which helped them prepare for Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY, in November.
Vermont came in first overall in communications.
Vermont sent two teams to compete in the quiz bowl, horse judging, and hippology contests. The A Team in each event comprised the 4-H’ers who were to compete at Roundup in Kentucky. The B Teams included individuals who placed high at various state horse events this year but were not selected for Roundup.
In quiz bowl, the A Team came in first with Hailee Blades, of Jeffersonville, and Olivia Suker, of Shrewsbury, placing first and second, respectively, for high individual scores. Betsy Coburn, of Castleton, and Breanna Johnson, of Shrewsbury, also competed on this team.
The B Team came in fourth. Team members were Bella Joly, Essex Junction; Lilia Kocsis, Vernon; Olivia Peer, West Rutland; and Tanya Wheeler, Wilmington.
In horse judging, the A Team placed first in oral reasons and fifth in both classes and overall. The B Team came in third in oral reasons and fourth in both classes and overall.
The hippology contest included four phases: identification stations, judging, team problem solving, and a written exam. The A Team came in first overall and in the written exam, second in the stations phase, and third in judging and team problem solving.
Three of the four team members finished in the top 10 for highest overall scores. Kimberly Gibson, of Bristol, came in first; Haleigh Tyerman, of Wilmington, sixth; and Madison Bentley, of Richmond, seventh.
For information contact University of Vermont 4-H livestock educator Wendy Sorrell at email@example.com.