Lake, Marion, Brevard, Duval, Bradford and Seminole County 4-H Members Compete in Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship Contests
From August 1-5, 4-H members from 13 states came together for the annual Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships, an event combines both educational contests and a horse show, to determine the best of the best of all things equine in the Southeast. This year, Florida 4-H was represented in the horse show as well as five of the educational contests, held on August 1 and 2 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga.
In Horse Judging, Florida was represented by your current state champion team, Lake County 4-H, made up of Dominique Palka, Stephanie Walters, Payton Allen, Iris Jackson and Katie Straub, and your reserve state champion team from Marion County 4-H, of Natalie Tincher, Alexandria Tomasovich, Bailey Gunter and Josiah Caswell.
As a team, in Horse Judging, Lake County 4-H placed tenth in the halter division, seventh in the performance division, seventh in reasons and seventh overall. Individually, Palka placed fourth in performance, and was the highest scoring individual overall for Florida, placing eleventh overall, and Walters placed eleventh in the halter division and twelfth in reasons. Marion County 4-H placed eleventh overall as a team, with 15 teams and 57 individuals competing.
In the Hippology Contest, Florida was represented by your reserve state champion team from Brevard County 4-H, made up of Megan Lee, Sophie Moutsatos, Emma Rosseau and Lexi Andress (from the state contest). As a team, they placed fourth in the judging phase, and Lee placed as the first high individual overall in the stations phase and as the sixth high individual overall, with 17 teams and 66 individuals competing.
Within the Horse Quiz Bowl Contest, Florida was represented by your state champion team from Duval County 4-H comprised of Caraline Coombs, Sarah Bryant, Virginia Barnett and Abigail Wilson, and as a team, they placed ninth overall.
In the communications contests, Florida was represented by your state champion Tara Holtzendorf from Bradford County 4-H in Horse Public Speaking, and your state champion Jacquelyn Griffith from Seminole County 4-H in the Individual Horse Demonstration Contest, who placed eighth overall in her contest, with 11 youth competing in Horse Public Speaking and 13 youth competing in Individual Horse Demonstrations.
Each of these teams or youth qualified to compete in their respective contests on the regional level by placing first or second at the state contest, held back in the spring or earlier this summer. State champions may also compete at Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up at the NAILE in Louisville, Ky. this fall and at the Western National Roundup in Denver this winter.
Congratulations to each of these youth on their accomplishments, and best of luck to those advancing to the national level.
From Sunday, July 29 to Thursday, August 2, the National 4-H Forestry Invitational Committee hosted their annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational Event at the Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, W. Va.
Florida 4-H was represented by your state champion forest ecology team, Alachua County 4-H. Team members included Jonathan Vonesh, Taylor Dykes, Anna Hooks and Will Eubanks, along with their coach Emily Eubanks.
As a team, they placed third in the nation, and were named as the national champions in the quiz bowl division of the contest. Vonesh also placed third overall as an individual, with 15 teams and 60 individuals competing.
Congratulations to this outstanding team on all of their accomplishments from the club and county levels to the state and national levels, and to Florida on yet another outstanding show at this event.
At the state contest back in the spring, the team from Pinellas County 4-H was your winner in the junior division, with team members Emmerson Reed, Maleah Godfrey and Ava McCoy, and the team from Leon County 4-H was your winner in the intermediate division, with team members Sophia Laver, Danie Enfinger, Fiona Lowery and Miles Gillespie.
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 both individually and as a team. For more information and complete results, visit 4hforestryinvitational.org.
(Photo from Micanopy Friendship 4-H Club, Alachua County on Facebook)