On November 4, 2017, the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up was held during the North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. as the national event for horse contests. Florida 4-H was represented in five of the contests, by your state champions and high individuals.
In horse judging, Florida was represented by your state champion team from Manatee County 4-H, comprised of Nikki Miller, Isabel Collazo, Erin McClure and Zoe Soler. Together, they placed seventh in performance and seventh overall as a team. Individually, Miller placed seventh in the confirmation division and thirteenth overall, with 19 teams and 73 individuals competing.
In Hippology, Florida was represented by your state high individual, Samantha Maybury of Orange County 4-H joined your state champion team from Brevard County 4-H made up of Morgan Swann, Payton Allen and Anne Marie Zimmerman to represent the Sunshine State. As a team, they placed seventeenth overall, and Maybury placed fifth in individual stations and seventh overall, with 22 teams and 86 individuals competing.
In the horse public speaking contest, state champion Emma Rosseau, also from Brevard County 4-H, competed in the national contest, and placed seventh in the nation. Finally, within the individual horse demonstration contest, state champion Sabrina Snyder of Pinellas County 4-H competed and placed twelfth in the nation, with 18 speakers competing.
Florida was also represented by a team in the horse quiz bowl contest that made it to quarterfinals and placed thirteenth in the nation.
Congratulations to each of these outstanding youth on their accomplishments on the local, state, regional and national levels! The Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: STEM, Healthy Living and Citizenship. For more information and full results, visit www.4hroundup.com.