Four Meeker County 4-H’ers competed in the hippology contest at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 8-10. The team earned the opportunity to participate in the contest by their high placing in the hippology contest during the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show.
The word hippology means the study of the horse. At the contest, youth completed a 150-question written test, 50 multiple choice photo-slide questions, two team problems, 15 stations where contestants identified bones, forages, tack, etc., and the judging of four horse show classes. The classes judged this year were: Hunter In-Hand, Quarter Horse performance mares, Ranch Riding, and American Saddlebred Show Pleasure.
The team representing Meeker County and Minnesota 4-H included Allyana Eblen from Belgrade, Zoe Eblen from Belgrade, Laura Shoutz from Litchfield, and Cassidy Becker from Eden Valley. Coaching the team was Cheryl Eblen of Belgrade. They placed 5th overall in the judging division. Allyana Eblen placed 4th individually in the judging division.
If you would like more information about the 4-H horse project or joining a 4-H club in your area, contact Cassidy Martin, 4-H Extension Educator, Meeker County, at (320) 693-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.