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March 5, 2016 Burke County 4-H’ers traveled to NCSU for State Horsebowl and Hippology Contest. Burke County 4-H had three teams to place at the West District competition in February forwarding them on to the state competition. Fifteen youth and their families represented Burke County 4-H very well!!

To share a little background information, these contest are a great opportunity for our 4-H youth interested in horses (even if they do not own one) to display knowledge they have learned in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. These contest give youth the chance to study horses thoroughly, gain confidence in their knowledge, and to be recognized for their achievements on various levels whether it be club, county, district, state and/or national.

The Horsebowl contest includes questions from categories such as anatomy, breeds and breed organizations, diseases and unsoundness, genetics, history and evolution, nutrition, showing, showing procedures and other mounted activities, physiology and reproduction, psychology, training and vices, parasites tack and equipment, trivia, judging and conformation.

The Hippology contest provides the youth participants with the opportunity to mix knowledge and skills acquired in horse judging, bowl, demonstrations, public speaking, and showing into one activity. Participants visually identify items such as: breeds, colors, parasites, anatomy, color patterns, horse activities, tack, feedstuffs and horse-related equipment. A written exam is also given to juniors and seniors with questions on horse nutrition, health, breeding, management, genetics, horsemanship, and the North Carolina 4-H Horse Program rules and regulations.

All three teams did a great job!!

Burke County Junior Team (Coach Jennifer Wood)
Horsebowl Junior Team

Abby Wood, Clara Lane, Anna Beth Gould, Chloe King

Burke County Mixed Team (Coach Crosby Reed)
Horsebowl Mixed Team

Courtney Clark, Cameron King, Rachel Wood, Katie Callahan

-High Mixed Team, State Rank #6
-Mixed Division, High Scoring Individual, State Rank #5: Rachel Wood
-Junior Division, Hippology Exam, High Junior Individual, Rachel Wood #4
-Hippology Judging, High Senior Individual, Senior Division: Courtney Clark #9

Burke County Senior Team (Coach Bruce Sinden)

Burke Pollard, Pate Pollard, Alex Sinden, Sidney Mull, Caroline Sinden
Nicki Steer, Extension Agent 4-H and Bruce Sinden, Team Coach

-Burke County, High Senior Team Horsebowl, State Rank #4
-High Scoring Individual, Senior Division: Pate Pollard #3, Alex Sinden #6
-Exam/ID High Senior Individual: Pate Pollard #4, Alex Sinden #8
-High Individual Senior Overall; Exam/ID/Overall:Pate Pollard #7, Alex Sinden #8
-Senior Team Overall Hippology: Burke County #6

*Both Pate Pollard and Alex Sinden received try-out invitations to represent North Carolina in the National Horsebowl and Hippology contests.