Statewide 4-H horse event to be held April 2

MIDDLEBURY-Vermont 4-Hers will gather in St. Albans and Highgate, April 2, for the Vermont 4-H Horse Hippology Contest, a multi-part competition designed to assess their horse expertise.

The annual event is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension and Franklin County 4-H and open to any 4-Her who reached his or her eighth birthday by Jan. 1. Enrollment in the 4-H horse project is not required.

The horse judging portion of the event will take place at Cedar Ridge Farm, 31 Russell Rd., St. Albans. The competition then moves to Highgate Elementary School where participants will match wits on their knowledge of horse breeds, markings, feeds and nutrition, health, anatomy, horse care, equipment and other equine science topics. They will receive points for accuracy in written tests, actions (hands-on activities such as assembling tack or balancing a feed ration) and identification stations where they are asked to identify equipment, forages and other horse-related items.

Participants may bring a lunch or purchase it on-site. They also are asked to bring a change of footwear for the competitions at the school to avoid tracking in mud and dirt from the farm.

The 4-H'ers will compete by age group with the four highest scoring individuals in the senior division (14 years and older) earning a place on the State 4-H Horse Hippology Team that will compete at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 4-6.

No preregistration is necessary for the April 2 event although anyone needing accommodations to participate should contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418 or toll-free at 800-571-0668, ext. 2 by March 18. Registration on the day of the event is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Farm.

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