Florida 4-H Members Compete at Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships
Many might think shows and seminars are the most educational components of the 4-H horse program. Though, the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program members who competed in educational events at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia from July 31st-August 4th might disagree! Florida 4-H, Animal Sciences had representatives in the five of six contests to include Individual Demonstrations, Public Speaking, Hippology, Horse Quiz Bowl, and Horse Judging.
In Individual Horse Demonstrations, state winner Katie DeBraal of Indian River County 4-H and state runner up Sabrina Snyder of Pinellas County 4-H represented Florida and placed 5th and 10th Overall respectively among 12 demonstrations.
For Horse Public Speaking, state winner Emma Rosseau of Brevard County 4-H and state runner up Kendall Clark of Sumter County 4-H represented Florida and placed 3rd and 6th Overall respectively among 13 speakers.
Within the Horse Quiz Bowl, state winners Samantha Maybury, Arianne Luoma, Emily Bickel, and Kacie Freeburg of Orange County Florida 4-H - UF IFAS Extension represented Florida placed 11th Overall as a team with 12 teams competing.
In Hippology, state winners Ciera Pierce, Alyssa Ohmsteade, Molly Luedecke, and Ellie Hart of Seminole County 4-H and state runners up Morgan Skrabalak, Morgan Swann, and Stephanie Walters of UF IFAS Extension Lake County 4-H represented Florida, where Seminole County placed 8th in Judging, 10th in Team Stations, 5th in Team Problem, and 10th Overall, while Lake County placed 3rd in Judging and 11th Overall with 16 teams competing. Individually Swann also placed 1st in Judging, while Hart was 5th in Judging.
Finally, in the Horse Judging Contest, state winners Megan Lee, Emma Rosseau, Faith Caldwell, and Kylie Murphy of Brevard County 4-H represented Florida. The team placed 8th in Halter, 4th in Performance, 3rd in Reasons, and 5th Overall. Individually, Rosseau placed 8th in Performance and 7th in Reasons, while Lee was 2nd in Reasons, with 13 teams competing.
These contests are designed to augment the animal husbandry and exhibition components of the 4-H horse program and incorporating skills such as decision making, public speaking, marketing, nutrition, dedication and teamwork. State winners will also compete in their events at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up in Louisville, Kentucky at the NAILE this fall. Congratulations to each of these individuals and teams on their accomplishments and best of luck to those advancing.
It might be hot outside during these long Florida summers, but that hasn't stopped some Florida youth from practicing outside during their journey to a national contest! Check out Florida's representatives from this year's National 4-H Forestry Contest!
St. Johns County 4-H Members Compete in National 4-H Forestry Event
Do you know an oak from a maple? Or a pine from a cedar? You may not, but there is a group of Florida 4-H Youth Development Program members that do who put their skills to the test last week in the 2016 National 4-H Forestry Invitational in Jacksons Mill, West Virginia from July 31st-August 4th. Team members included Henry Keating, Cayla Smith, and Jeremy Smith from UF IFAS Extension St Johns County 4-H supported by coach Wendy Smith and extension agents Geralyn Sachs and Julia Kelly. The team placed 3rd overall in this year's national event.
A huge congratulations to this group for bringing home one of Florida 4-H's best national finishes ever and also for being named the state champions in this event earlier this spring. The "Forest Ecology" contest as it is known as in Florida or simply, "Forestry" contest known nationally tests youth skills in tree identification and measurement, forest evaluation, orienteering, map use, and insect and disease identification, and performance in a forestry quiz bowl and written exam individually and as a team.
(Photo from St. Johns County 4-H Facebook Page)