AMES, Iowa -- The Madison County 4-H Horse Judging team placed first among five senior teams at the 2009 Iowa 4-H State Horse Judging Contest Oct. 3 at Jester Park near Granger, Iowa. The Madison County team will represent Iowa at the 2010 National Judging Contest in Denver, Colo., in January
The four-member team scored 1,466 points out of the possible 1,650 in the senior division. Team members Kirk Hatfield, Abbey Smith, Hannah Puderbaugh and Zane Peters were coached by Jana Peters.
Second place went to Clinton County, with 1,464 points. Team members Heidi Andresen, Emily Kremer, Caley Jacobsen and Crystal McGarry were coached by Bev Downey.
Buena Vista County captured third place at the state event, with 1,435 points. Angie Zumwalt coached team Amelia Beckham, Kacie Bodholdt, Tiffany Baker and Chelsea Mandernach.
Junior team winners included teams from Howard and Madison counties.
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, according to Mike Anderson, agriculture program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development. 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, communication 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