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Illinois 4-H'ers Do Well at National Horse Contests

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January 29, 2010

The Illinois 4-H Horse Project state winners in Horse Bowl, Hippology, Judging, and Speech continue to display their knowledge of equine subject matter by earning honors in two National Contests. The Illinois 4-H'ers competed at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH on October 13-14, 2009 and at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup on November 7, 2009 as part of the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 2009 Illinois 4-H Horse Judging Team came away with several ribbons from Congress. The team talked their way to an eighth place ribbon in the reasons division. In the overall standing, the team rounded out the top ten teams. At Eastern Nationals, Kayla Wells (Aurora) rounded out the top ten in conformation with the team placing fourth in that division. Two team members judged their way into the top ten in performance classes. Kayla received seventh and Jessica Rush (Antioch) received ninth place. The team came away with the reserve champion ribbons in performance. In reasons, Kayla placed third, just 2 points out of the champion spot. The team placed fourth a mere two points of the reserve champion placing. Overall, Kayla finished sixth and the team tied for reserve champions but lost the tie breaker and came home with yellow ribbons. Emily Callahan (Collinsville) was the third member of the team while Rachel Riddle (Stanford) was part of the team at the Congress contest. Paul Rogers of Quincy coached the team to their success.

The 2009 Illinois 4-H Horse Bowl team gave a great performance at Congress and finished in third place out if 25 teams. Cindy Roberg (Maple Park) earned the fourth high individual medal while Kendra Steinhorst (Kingston) placed seventh overall. At Eastern Nationals the Horse Bowl team had a tough go of it but was still able to place seventh with Kendra earning the fifth place individual award. The DeKalb County team also included Danielle Neisendorf (Genoa) and Cori Elliott (Stockton). The team was coached by Peggy Steinhorst (Kingston).

The 2009 Illinois 4-H Hippology team had a good day at Congress as well. Elizabeth Raynor (Highland) placed seventh in the individual ranking for the written phase with the team placing sixth. Elizabeth came away with the tenth place ribbon in stations. The team placed fifth in both stations and team problem. In overall performance, Elizabeth finished eighth while the team effort results in a sixth place overall ranking. The Hippology team continued with a solid performance at Eastern Nationals. As a team they earned fourth place in the written phase with Elizabeth finishing fourth as an individual. Lesley Diehl (Polo) placed eight in judging while the team finished seventh. In stations the team placed seventh with Elizabeth finishing just out of the top ten. The girls earned a fifth place ribbon in team problems. Overall, Elizabeth came away with seventh place while the team placed fifth. Faith Schleich (Monmouth) and Karen Woznicki (Carol Stream) completed the team roster. The team was coached by Jenna Sabo of Carol Stream.

Several Illinois 4-H'ers competed in the Public Speaking contests as well. Kayla Wells (Aurora) won Congress with her emotional formal speech "When Horses Were Heroes". Katie Oostman (Aurora) talked her way to third place at Congress and seventh place at Eastern National's in individual presentation with her topic "The Language of Riding". Kelsey Engel (Aurora) gave a formal speech titled "Caring for Your Older Horse) at Eastern Nationals that won her a fifth place ribbon. Taylor Beguelin (Joy) and Alyssa Coopman (New Windsor) also participated in the team presentation division of both contests with their topic "Showmanship".

The activities of the 4-H Horse Bowl, Hippology, Judging and Speaking contestants are supported by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

By Debra J. Hagstrom, M.S., Extension Specialist, Horse