AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H teams took high honors at several recent national judging events, according to Mike Anderson, 4-H agriculture program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension.
At the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo., Jan. 7-11, several Iowa teams participated in a variety of events including horse quiz bowl, hippology and the livestock judging.
Madison County placed fifth overall in the horse quiz bowl. Team members included Clint Stanly, Abbey Smith, Kelsey Patience and Savanah Farrell. They were coached by Jana Peters.
Benton County competed in the hippology contest and member Kathy Manternach placed second in overall individual ranking while the team placed fourth overall. The team members included Andrea Hallberg, Kathy Manternach, Tanner Schwab and Mary Wrage. Denise Schwab coached the team.
Buena Vista County represented Iowa in the livestock judging contest by taking placements including 19th overall team, eighth place team in goats, 16th place team in beef and 17th place team in reasons. Member Chris Sievers placed fifth in goats while member Kathleen Arnts placed 48th in overall individual ranking. Buena Vista team members included Kathleen Arnts, Luke Arnts, Austin Ehlers and Chris Sievers. Kent Smith coached the team.
Iowa’s All Star 4-H dairy judging team traveled to Louisville, Ky., where members competed in the National Dairy Judging Contest Nov. 8-21, 2008, and team member Carly Lyons of Winneshiek County placed ninth overall. The Iowa team included Jake Mills, Clayton County, and Kari Lien, Carly Lyons and Darren Cline, all of Winneshiek County.
The Fayette County Dairy Quiz Bowl team represented Iowa Nov. 7-9, 2008, when they placed second overall at the National Dairy Quiz Bowl contest, also in Louisville. Team member Katie Steinlage placed third in the written exam. Other members of the Fayette County team included Jeremy Lueder, Dan Stewart, Amy Schmitt and Katie Adams. Their coach was Marilyn Steffens of West Union.
The American Royal Livestock Judging Contest was Nov. 2, 2008, in Kansas City, Mo., where the Hancock County 4-H team placed 10th overall. Members included Kyle Greiman, Morgan Greiman, Courtney Jass and Brittany Weaver. Ted Greiman coached the team.
Sept. 29, 2008, Iowa's top team from state level competition moved on to the World Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, Wis. The team placed eighth overall and 10th in oral reasons. Team members included Kristy Demmer, Jessie Hammerand, Mark Simon and Ted Wolf. Amanda Gaul and Jeff Hammerand coached the team.
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.
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