Horse & Pony 4-H Club members earn state honors
Washington County 4-H’s Horse & Pony Club recently sent 11 members to the Iowa Youth Horse Jamboree, April 13, at Iowa State University with over 200 other Iowa 4-H members. The team proudly returned home with individual honors and in the junior hippology division.
Junior 4-H member Austin Stalder, son of Randy and Tanya Stalder, earned seventh place in the hippology contest. Receiving third place in the junior team division were Lexi Black, Brandon Kleese, Kylee Porter, and Austin Stalder.
Hippology is only one component of the 4-H Horse & Pony Club but a very successful one this year. The teams met once a week for two months preparing for the contest with their leader and coach Deb Kleese of Washington. Members who traveled to the statewide competition included seniors Chelsea Bowlin, Jennie Greene, Mackenzie Beam, and Katlyn Kreutz. Two junior teams competed including Lexi Black, Kylee Porter, Austin Stalder, Brandon Kleese, Lanie Bowlin, Georgia Nisly, and Madison Ross.
“I’m very proud of this group and how hard they worked and the time commitment they put in,” said coach Deb Kleese.
Horse Jamboree contests give youth an opportunity to demonstrate their equine knowledge and skills through a variety of contests including art, storytelling, public speaking, demonstrations, quiz bowl and hippology. The hippology contest showcases knowledge of horse nutrition, tack, confirmation, skeleton and husbandry.