The University of Vermont Extension 4-H event was split between two locations, the Green Mountain Horse Association facility in South Woodstock (judging) and Woodstock High School (oral reasons). For older 4-H’ers, 14 and up, the event also served as the qualifier to be named to the Vermont 4-H horse judging team, which will compete at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY, in November.
The 4-H’ers were divided according to age with a separate division, senior novice, for teens 14 to 18 years old who are either new to 4-H or competing for the first time in this contest. All the competitors judged performance and conformation classes of Morgan geldings, stock-type geldings, carriage driving, Western pleasure, and English pleasure horses, providing written placements for each class, which were scored according to the placings by the official judge. Seniors (14 and up) and juniors (12 and up) also were required to give oral reasons for their placings.
For more information contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668, ext. 2.