EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 20, 2012

N.H. 4-H members excel at horse roundup


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — New Hampshire youth earned the highest honors among more than 300 of the nation’s most knowledgeable 4-H horse program members during the 2012 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, an annual event held in Louisville, Ky.

The event, which brought in youth from 25 states, is hosted by the North American International Livestock Exposition.

The New Hampshire State Horse Quiz Bowl Team earned first place in the Horse Quiz Bowl contest.

Team members included Magdalena Kenter of Kingston, Leah Varney of Swanzey, and Emily Blain of Pembroke and Kyle Edmonds, Pepperell, Mass. The team coach is Mary Davis of Madbury.

The team received a plaque and a perpetual trophy. This is a huge honor for the New Hampshire State Horse Quiz Bowl Team, Davis said.

Varney placed third overall in the Individual Horse Quiz Bowl contest and Blain placed eighth.

Other contests the New Hampshire team participated in were Public Speaking, Individual Presentation, Team Presentation and Hippology. All contestants must be 14 to 19 years old and qualified for the competition by earning top honors at their state 4-H horse contest.

Sarah Cote of Andover, Mass., placed in the top 10 with her individual presentation “Bad Horse or Bad Bridle.” Mekayla Lagerberg of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Morris of Swanzey placed in the top 10 with their team presentation “Getting-A-Head.”

The New Hampshire Communications Team placed 10th overall and included Cote, Morris, Lagerberg and Laura Santer, Hollis. The coaches are Kathleen and Amanda Shultz of Methuen.

Hippology is a comprehensive battery of activities testing a person’s knowledge of the horse. Clara Lane of Surry, placed seventh overall in the Individual Hippology Station Phase and achieved ninth overall in Hippology. The coach of the New Hampshire 4-H Hippology Team is Diane Post of Raymond.

“I’m very impressed with how hard working and driven the kids are,” Davis said. “The team deserved this honor. They worked extremely hard and have been studying for years. The Quiz Bowl Team really came together as a team and supported each other and the whole New Hampshire delegation came together really nicely. The youth that represented New Hampshire are truly an exceptional group of young people.”

This trip was made possible through funding of the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire.

Additional results of the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup can be found at 4hroundup.com. More information about the North American International Livestock Exposition can be found at livestockexpo.org.

For more information, contact Rhiannon Beauregard, 4-H Animal and Agricultural Science Education Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension, at 862-2188 or Rhiannon.beauregard@unh.edu.