4-H Members Compete At Regional & State Horse Contests

Horse quiz bowls operate much in the same fashion as school academic quiz bowls with teams of youth answering a series of questions as quickly and accurately as possible. The questions can come from all fields of the equine industry. Teams advanced to state through regional championships.

At the regional competition, Clinton County junior team “Bareback Attack,” placed second, missing first place by just two points. The team is based in Clinton County but included 4-H members from Clinton, Bond and Marion counties. They were undefeated in all their regional games. Individually, their team members all placed in the top 10 at the regional contest. Eliza Engelhardt (Marion Co) placed 1st, Lukas Raynor (Clinton Co) placed 5th, Megan Miller (Bond Co) placed 7th, and Kierstan Lampe (Clinton Co) placed 9th. The team advanced to the state competition, but unfortunately did not place there as a group. Eliza Engelhardt of Marion County was 9th place individual.

In the senior division of the regional contest Emma Winkeler and Amber Blackmon, of the Clinton County Wranglers, competed on a team with youth from Pope and Johnson Counties. As a team they placed 4th, missing the mark to qualify for state contest. Individually, Blackmon placed 4th also. At the State level Blackmon was able to fill a vacancy on the Saline/Gallatin County team. The team placed 4th at the State Horse Bowl competition, and Blackmon was 4th individual.

In Hippology, youth field a wide range of questions, ranging from breed identification, anatomy, tack identification, and feed samples to disease management, parasite identification, and quality assessment. Participants also are given a timed problem-solving challenge they must solve on the spot in front of a panel of judges.

At the regional competition, local 4-H members did exceptional. Aubrey Albers placed 8th in the Junior Division. In the intermediate division Eliza Engelhardt (Marion Co) placed 1st, Joely Craver (Bond Co) placed 2nd, Emma Winkeler (Clinton Co) placed 4th, Kierstan Lampe (Clinton Co) placed 8th, and Megan Miller (Bond Co) placed 9th. Amber Blackmon placed 6th in the senior division. Albers, Engelhardt, Craver, Winkeler, Lampe and Blackmon all moved on to the State Contest held at the University of Illinois. Lukas Raynor and Addison Tebbe also competed at the regional contest. In the intermediate division Engelhard placed 5th at the State contest.

“The primary objective of these contests is to provide an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail,” said Debra Hagstrom, University of Illinois Extension equine specialist.

Young people with a passion for horses can participate in 4-H educational contests related to the equine industry regardless of whether they even own a horse, said Hagstrom. These educational programs enhance members’ knowledge of horse health, breed characteristics, management, and feeding.

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