AMES, Iowa – The Madison County 4-H horse judging team placed first among four senior teams at the recent 2007 Iowa 4-H Horse Judging Contest and will represent Iowa in January at the 2008 National Judging Contest in Denver, Colo.
4-H’ers learn evaluation methods, practice decision making and communication skills and develop the ability to select horses appropriate for a defined purpose, according to Mike Anderson, agriculture program coordinator for Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. Each contestant must present two sets of oral reasons explaining why he or she placed the animals in a specific order.
The three-member winning team scored 1,226 points out of the possible 1,800 in the senior division. Team members were Alecia Havens of Greenfield, and Mary Puderbaugh and Sarah Puderbaugh of Peru. The team is coached by Jana Peters of Winterset.
Second place in the senior division went to Polk County with 1,202 points. Sarah Davis of Mingo, Nicole Golay of Des Moines and Sarah Parks of Grimes made up the team. They were coached by Jessica Jacobsen of Ankeny.
Greene County took third place with a team coached by Vernon Bancroft of Paton. The team of Cheyenne McNichols and Cassady McNichols of Rippey, and Megan Tronchetti of Jefferson scored 1,135 points.
Junior team winners came from Madison and Story counties.
Sponsors for the contest include the Iowa Horse Council, Nutrena Feeds and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.