Area Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

2018 3rd place 4-H hippology teamArea 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 5th as 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 1st place in Halter and Reasons and 3rd in Performance.  Umscheid placed 3rd in Halter, 5th in Reasons and 8th place Overall.  Morphew was 2nd in Halter and 8th in 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 Iowa Trust and Savings Bank
Bancroft Implement James and Helen Ricke
Bank Plus Jaycox Implement
Bob Boland Ford Jeremy’s Welding
Buchanan, Bibbler, Gabor and Meis Ken’s Auto Repair
Central States Agency Kollash Repairs
Cornerstone Insurance Kossuth Friends of Kossuth Youth
D & S Pork Noble Medicine
Dietering Brothers North Iowa Lumber
Ed’s Service North Kossuth Auto Supply
Emmet County 4-H Foundation North Star Bank
Fairchild Manufacturing Palo Alto County 4-H Foundation
Farmers and Traders Savings Bank Riverview Trucking
George and Sandy Vaske Rodney and Jodi Smith
GKN S & R Auto
Hager Foods Shear Shack
ILEC Sibley Vet Clinic
Iowa State Bank Standard Nutrition
The State Bank Tigges Chiropractic
VonEhwegen Seed  






















Lisa Berkland |  4-H Youth Development
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

4-H Youth Development Specialist