Area Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

Area youth competed in one of the two 4-H National Horse Judging Contests … Western National Roundup, in Denver, CO January 4-7, 2018.  Mackenzie Berkland, Ruthven; Skyler Morphew, Bancroft; Ariana Umscheid, Terril and Madison Strief from Dubuque County, represented Iowa 4-H. They placed 5thas a team in the performance (riding) classes, 1st as a team in Oral Reasons, and first as a team overall.  Teams came to compete in this contest from across the nation and Canada.
Team members also placed very well individually.  Berkland was High Individual Overall, and received 1stplace in Halter and Reasons and 3rdin Performance.  Umscheid placed 3rdin Halter, 5thin Reasons and 8thplace Overall.  Morphew was 2ndin Halter and 8thin Reasons.
This contest requires contestants to place in correct order 4 horses in each of 10 different classes including 4 halter classes, western riding, western horsemanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, and reining.  Each class has its own set of criteria with different penalties and credits.  Youth then defend their choices on 4 classes by giving oral reasons.  Reasons are evaluated based on accuracy, relevancy, terminology, organization, and presentation.
Judging experiences contribute to the development of critical and logical thinking skills, self-confidence, communication and presentation skills.
Much appreciation goes to the following local businesses and individuals whose support made participating in this trip possible: 

Ag Performance
Bancroft Implement
Bank Plus
Bob Boland Ford
Buchanan, Bibbler, Gabor and Meis
Central States Agency
Cornerstone Insurance
D & S Pork
Dietering Brothers
Ed’s Service
Emmet County 4-H Foundation
Fairchild Manufacturing
Farmers and Traders Savings Bank
George and Sandy Vaske
Hager Foods
Iowa State Bank
Iowa Trust and Savings Bank
James and Helen Ricke
Jaycox Implement
Jeremy’s Welding
Ken’s Auto Repair
Kollash Repairs
Kossuth Friends of Kossuth Youth
Noble Medicine
North Iowa Lumber
North Kossuth Auto Supply
North Star Bank
Palo Alto County 4-H Foundation
Riverview Trucking
Rodney and Jodi Smith
S & R Auto
Shear Shack
Sibley Vet Clinic
Standard Nutrition
The State Bank
Tigges Chiropractic
VonEhwegen Seed

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