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.