AMES, Iowa – The Story County 4-H Horse Judging team placed first among eight senior teams at the 2008 Iowa 4-H State Horse Judging Contest Nov. 1 at Jester Park near Granger, Iowa. The Story County team will represent Iowa at the 2009 National Judging Contest in Denver, Colo., in January.
The four-member team scored 1,650 points out of the possible 2,400 in the senior division. Team members Molly Foley, Mary Kate Gotta, MaKayla Klonglan and Taylor Morgan were coached by Amanda Honnold.
Second place went to Madison County, with 1,647 points. Team members Cicily Hook, Kelsey Patience, Hannah Puderbaugh and Abbey Smith were coached by Jana Peters.
Marion County captured third place at the state event, with 1,638 points. Kathy Rieck coached team members Liz Sample, Amy Turner and Rhiana Wallace.
Junior team winners included teams from Story and Clinton counties.
The Iowa 4-H State Horse Judging Contest had a new twist this year, said Mike Anderson, 4-H agriculture program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension. “The event was held in conjunction with the annual Judge’s Certification and Clinic, so 4-H’ers were able to learn a lot more on judging aspects and to hear the official judge explain how to judge each class.”
In the Iowa 4-H State Horse Judging Contest, 4-H’ers learn evaluation methods, practice decision-making and communication skills and develop the ability to select horses appropriate for a defined purpose. Each contestant presented two sets of oral reasons describing his or her thoughts on why the animals were placed in a specific order.
Sponsors for the contest include the Iowa Horse Council, Nutrena Feeds, and the Iowa 4-H Foundation Equine Endowment.
4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In Iowa, the 4-H program is a part of Iowa State University Extension and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H or how to get involved contact your ISU Extension county office.
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, firstname.lastname@example.org