Thursday, March 28, 2013

Greene County Sweeps Missouri 4-H Horse Judging Contest

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Tel: (417) 466-3102
Team photo available at

Greene County 4-H members were the top placing teams in the Missouri 4-H Horse Judging Contest, held Saturday, March 16 at the University of Missouri Trowbridge Livestock Center.

Greene County won both the Junior and Senior divisions of the contest according to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

The Senior team, consisting of Bailey Brines, Emily Hoy, Madison Hynek, Shiane Moulds, Bethany Rohlman and Taylor Weider placed first out of 14 teams. Rohlman was third high individual, Hoy was fourth high individual, and Hynek was tenth high individual in the contest.

The Greene County senior team will represent Missouri 4-H at the 4-H National Horse Judging Contest to be held in November of this year in Louisville, KY.

The Junior team, consisting of Mattie Cobban, Cara Driskell, Mikayla Peterson, Serena Peterson and Brooke Wieder placed first out of 12 teams. Wieder was first high individual, and Cobban was fourth high individual. Greene County teams are coached by volunteer Sarah Martin.

Ninety contestants from across Missouri participated in the competition, placing nine classes. Junior contestants gave one set of oral reasons and senior contestants gave two sets of reasons.

In addition to the contest about 60 youth and parents participated in a judging clinic, held in the Trowbridge Sales arena, taught by Karen Craighead of Stephens College. Skills learned by participants include the science of horse judging. Additionally they learn transferable skills in decision making, problem solving and public speaking.

There are currently over 23,000 Missouri youth participating in 4-H clubs, with over 290,000 youth being reached by the variety of Missouri 4-H programs in 2012. For more information on Missouri 4-H youth programs, visit the 4-H website at, or contact your local extension office. Missouri 4-H is a program of University of Missouri (MU) Extension.

For information on 4-H contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Amy Patillo in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.


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