Friday, March 28, 2014

Greene County 4-H Members Take Top Honors at Horse Judging Event

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – 4-H’ers from all across the state tested their horse judging skills Saturday, March 15, at the University of Missouri campus.

Ben Gallup, 4-H youth specialist with MU Extension, said 10 classes were available for participants to judge. Stephens College, the Missouri Junior Paint Horse Club and Rocky Mountain horse owners assisted with the event.

To qualify, participants must understand the breed standards and explain how they place the horses in a class.

The top three overall winners in the Junior Horses category were Mikayla Peterson, Greene County, first; Kristyne Eckhoff, Bates County, second; and Colton Warren, Boone County, third.

The Greene County team took top team honors as the overall winner in 4-H Junior Horses category. Team members are Mikayla Peterson, Nicole Berger, Cara Driskell, Ella O’Connor, Rory O’Connor and Brooke Wieder.

The Greene County team in the 4-H Senior Horses category won third-place honors. Members include Jessica Cobban, Mattie Cobban, Serena Peterson, Bailey Skinner and Taylor Wieder.

Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The 4-H program helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community.

Residents of southwest Missouri contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists for  information: 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.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Team photos are posted online at
Junior Horse Judging team:
Senior Horse Judging team:


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