4-Hers compete in Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup
Halle, Missouri 4-H contestant, relates her experience at the National Hippology Contest.
The National Hippology Team did very well this year and received many awards which include; 7th place overall team, 4th place team written test segment, 7th place team stations segment, and 10th place team judging. Individual awards include; 4th place overall individual (Halle Wild), 1st place individual written test segment (Halle Wild) and 3rd place individual judging segment (Carsyn Glenn).
I learned about teamwork, perseverance, biology, and of course a tremendous amount about horses! Through studying about horses I also learned about people, physically and mentally, and how alike we really are. But maybe the most important thing I learned is how much I still have left to learn, about horses and everything else. Predominantly due to 4-H I have decided that I want to work with horses forever, I plan to go to college and major in training.
This competition is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done, maybe the hardest. I can't think of a specific part that will be the most memorable but as a whole I think I will remember this experience forever and consider it proof that I can accomplish anything.
Of course I wasn't alone in this competition. I was part of a team in which each member had experience in a different discipline. McKenna does dressage, Carsyn competes in saddle seat and miniature horse shows, and I think Faith primarily does HUS and pleasure. As for me I've been working on reining and ranch horse type events, even though I wasn't able to attend any shows this year. This variability in experiences made us a strong team and helped a lot in the competition.
This was my last time going to nationals as I had already competed in Horse-Bowl in 2009. I will miss it a lot and I think it's a wonderful program in which I learned most of the things I now know about horses. Even though I live in WI now I hope to coach a team here and maybe someday be at the national competition again as a coach.
To our coach Cynthia, we couldn't have done it this year or in 2009 without you! Thank you so much and I'll miss you!
A word form Sue Knautz, Missouri 4-H state equine contest coordinator
Our coaches and teams were so wonderful. During the presentation of awards, the speaker mentioned the Missouri horse bowl team handing out items to their competition and greeting other 4-Hers (the only team mentioned too). I was talking to a retired Wisconsin state horse specialist (he was a past chairperson of Nationals and judge in Lauren’s presentation contest) and he commented on how much the quality of Missouri’s teams had improved at Nationals. I was thrilled by the kids & their coaches this year!
Hippology represented by Jackson County 4-Hers
1st place high individual in written phase (exam & slides)
4th place team in written phase (exam & slides)
3rd place high individual in judging phase
7th place team in judging phase
10th place team in station phase
4th place high individual overall
7th place team overall
Individual Public Speaking Presentation
1st place & $500 AQHA scholarship
Lauren Crudup, Cass County in Public Speaking
State Communications Team Award
10th place – Lauren Crudup, Cass County & Alexa Mathis, Pettis County
(Combined scores from of Individual Presentations, Public Speaking & Team Presentation contests)
Horse Judging represented by Clinton County
9th place high individual in performance classes, Maggie Glidewell.
9th place team in performance classes
10th place team in oral reasons
Horse Bowl represented by Franklin County competed in 3 rounds but lost to very good teams.