Forestry is a favorite contest of many for its numerous opportunities for awards as it kicks off the year for Florida FFA, and it is a favorite of many 4-Hers too!
This year, the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program held the State 4-H Forestry Ecology Contest in April, and the team from Marion County 4-H was named as your state champion team, and represented the state on the national level at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational from July 30-August 3 in Jacksons Mill, W. Va.
Team members included Harrison Sharp, Patrick Sharp and Madison Foster from Marion County (FL) 4-H and Harrison Keating of UF IFAS Extension St Johns County 4-H, coached by Bob Renner of Marion County.
Florida has routinely found success in forestry contests on the national level, and this year is no exception! The team placed second overall and were named as your reserve national champions in the forestry judging contest, and additionally, they were the overall champions in the forestry quiz bowl contest. Harrison Sharp also placed second overall and Harrison Keating placed eighth overall as individuals. Bob Renner was also named as the recipient of the Tommy and Susan Futral Inspiration of the Invitational Award for an outstanding coach of a team at the national invitational. Congratulations!
The "forest ecology" contest as it is known as in Florida, or simply, "forestry" contest as it is known nationally tests youth skills in tree identification and measurement, forest evaluation, orienteering, map use insect and disease identification and performance in a forestry quiz bowl and written exam individually and as a team. For more information and complete results, visit 4hforestryinvitational.org.
(Photo from Marion County 4-H Foundation Inc. Facebook Page)
Manatee, Brevard, Lake, Pinellas, Seminole and Bradford County 4-H Members Compete in Southern REgional 4-H Horse Championship Contests
Every year, the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships are held, for youth from the southeast to compete to determine the best of the best in the region. This year, the Florida 4-H Youth Development Program had representatives in the regional horse judging, hippology, individual horse demonstration and horse public speaking contests at the 2017 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship, held from August 2-6 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga.
In the horse judging contest, your state champion team from Manatee County 4-H, made up of Zoe Soler, Nikki Miller, Erin McClure and Isabel Collazo, and reserve state champion team from Brevard County 4-H, comprised of Montana Zito, Ana Huggins and Sophie Moutsatsos represented Florida.
As a team, Manatee County placed seventh in the halter division, eighth in the performance division, sixth in reasons and seventh overall. Brevard County placed eighth in the halter division, fourth in the performance division, ninth in reasons and sixth overall. Individually, from Manatee County, Zoe Soler placed eighth in the performance division and twelfth overall and Nikki Miller placed ninth in the halter division and ninth in reasons. From Brevard County, Montana Zito placed tenth overall while Ana Huggins was seventeenth overall individually, with 16 teams from 10 states competing.
Within the hippology contest, your state champion team from UF IFAS Extension Lake County 4-H represented Florida, with Stephanie Walters, Morgan Swann, Payton Allen and Anne Marie Zimmerman making up the team. They placed seventh in the judging division, fifth in the team problem and twelfth overall. Payton Allen also placed third as an individual in the judging division, with 17 teams from 10 states competing.
For individual horse demonstrations, state champion Sabrina Snyder from Pinellas County 4-H competed with her demonstration "Helping Horses," and placed tenth, while reserce state champion Jacquelyn Griffith from Seminole County 4-H competed with her demonstration "Hidden Holes Hurting Horses," and placed eleventh, with 13 youth from nine states competing.
Finally, in horse public speaking, reserve state champion Tara Holtzendorf from Bradford County 4-H gave her speech titled, "Head, Heart, Hands, My Horse" and placed eighth, and state champion Emma Rosseau from Brevard County 4-H competed with her speech "Equine Euthanasia" and placed ninth in the contest, with 11 youth from nine states competing.
Numerous other youth received awards in the horse show.
Florida 4-H youth qualify through being one of the top 60 exhibitors at the state show for the horse show or winning first or second place in a horse-related team or individual educational contest. State qualifying shows and contests are held on the county and area level in the spring with the state horse show and educational contests are held in the summer.
State champions also may compete at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up in Louisville, Ky. this fall and at the Western National Roundup in Denver this winter. Congratulations to all of the winners and best of luck to those advancing! For complete results, visit this link.