Weybridge There was no horsing around at the Addison County 4-H Horse Hippology contest, Jan. 20 in Weybridge, as 39 competitors tested their knowledge of all things equine.
The event was hosted by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Addison County 4-H at the Weybridge Elementary School.
Participating Addison County 4-H club members, ages eight to 18, were evaluated on their ability to judge a horse conformation class from photographs as well as their knowledge of tack, feed, fencing, breeds, coloring patterns and other horse-related topics.
Winners, by age group, listed first through fifth place, included:
Eight and nine-year-olds: McKenna White, Whiting; Abby Hodsden, Bridport; Michaela Bania, Florence; Chelsea Balch, Castleton; Nicholas Sheldrick, Salisbury.
Ten and 11-year-olds: Alexis Marnellos, Lincoln; Abigail Larock, Whiting; Haley Bania, Florence; Hannah Todd, West Rutland; Charlotte Willis, Lincoln.
Twelve and 13-year-olds: Makaila Cota, Bristol; Callon Fish, Rutland; Kayla Gevry, Addison; Kendra Stearns, Brandon; Ciara Eagan, Middlebury.
Fourteen-year-olds and up: Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Marissa Jochum, Addison; Brooklyn Currier, New Haven; Marisa Beanland, North Chittenden; Eliza Kurth, New Haven.
Many of the participants in this county contest will compete again at the State 4-H Horse Hippology contest, April 6 at Wishful Thinking Farm, New Haven, and Vergennes Union High School. The state competition attracts close to 100 4-H'ers from throughout Vermont.