Now having the state title under her belt, Horton will present her speech at various 4-H exhibits, including the upcoming Clinton County Fair in Morrisonville and New York State Fair in Syracuse. The next step will be to bring her presentation to the National 4-H Horse Public Presentation in Kentucky this November.
The requirement of participating in the national competition is having the most up-to-date information possible, said Horton.
"I've been reading and researching my topic every day since [winning the state competition]," she said. "Since this problem is something that's happening right now and is just getting worse, every single day there are more stories and more proposals to solve this problem."
"It's a topic that's constantly changing and with that, my presentation has to constantly be changing with it," she added.
Horton would have actually qualified for nationals last year when she was a junior, but juniors are restricted from moving on to the national competition, she said.
"You can only go when you're a senior," she explained.
However, she now looks forward to competing in November. In order to do so, Horton said she was told there will be approximately $400-$500 in associated expenses.
Those interested in making a donation toward Horton's expenses may contact Alexa King or Darlene Medeiros at the Clinton County office of Cornell Cooperative Extension at 561-7450.