CASTLETON — The Northeast Regional 4-H Horse Show, held Oct. 16, drew competitors from multiple states, including 19 from Vermont.
The event was held at two locations in Castleton, Castleton University and Pond Hill Stables (horse judging), and included quiz, judging and horse riding competitions. It’s the first time Vermont has hosted the contests, which also saw competitors from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island this year.
The annual contest was open to 4-H members in the states of New England, New York and New Jersey. It is designed to help them prepare for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky in November.
Vermont competed in quiz bowl, hippology and judging, with an A team and a B team in the final two events. Each event’s A-team consisted of those 4-Hs who earned a spot on a state team that will compete in this year’s Roundup in Kentucky. B teams included individuals who excelled at various 4-H horse racing events last year, but were not selected for a state team.
In the quiz bowl, Vermont outscored Rhode Island to take first place. For individual scores, Chloe Barewicz, Jericho, placed second; Shyanne Wedge, Shoreham, third; Tieghan Perry, Danville, fifth; and Amie Thurston, West Rutland, seventh.
Vermont swept the first and second spots in team judging, with Team A defeating Team B. Massachusetts came in third. This competition required 4-H’ers to judge multiple classes of horses, providing both placements for each class and the reasons for those placings.
Chester 4-H’er A-Team member Jenna Dolloph took first place overall in individual scores. She also came in first for reasons and second for courses. Her teammates also all placed in the top 10 overall with Jasmine Akley, Vernon, third (fourth in class, fifth in reason); Madison Markwell, Greenfield, Massachusetts, fifth (sixth due) and Britney Zager, Gill, Massachusetts, eighth (sixth in classes).
Representing Vermont on the B judging team, Sara DiStasio, Londonderry, had the second-highest individual score (third in both categories and grounds). Rylie Mitchell, Northfield, Mass., was the third-highest individual scorer (first in class), and Emma Sibley, Milton, was the seventh-highest scorer (seventh in class and reason). The fourth member of the team was Isabella Kang, also from Milton, who came fifth in the classes.
The hippology competition consisted of several phases: identification stations, judging, team problem solving and written exam with slides. Team A finished second to New York with first place in team problem solving, second in stations and judging phases, and third in written exam.
Ellen Dubin of Northfield, Mass., was third overall and Alessandra Hoffman of Milton was sixth. Ellen also placed second overall in the review, third in the stations, and seventh in the judging. Alessandra was the first judge and eighth overall in the written exam. Other team members were Megan Carson, South Londonderry (seventh in stations) and Rose Ouimet, Castleton (fourth in judging).
Team B placed fifth overall with a second place in team problem solving and fifth in judging and stations. Londonderry’s Maddie DiStasio was the second highest scorer overall, taking first place in the stations, fifth in the written exam and sixth in the judging. Her teammates were Nora McTeigue, Bondville, and Renee Payton, Danville. A fourth team member, Autumn Dailey, East Hardwick, was unable to compete due to illness.
For more information about the University of Vermont Extension 4-H horse program, contact Wendy Sorrell at [email protected]