4-H’ers display horse smarts at Big E

Burlington— Vermont 4-H equestrians, including two from Addison County, proved that they could hold their own against top competitors from throughout New England at 4-H horse events held Sept. 23-27 at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.
The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation included 12 4-H’ers and four 4-H teen leaders, selected to provide assistance at the horse show. The teen leaders also had an opportunity to compete in their own divisions.
Vermont placed third overall in 4-H horse judging, based on combining the best four individual scores from delegate and teen leader horse judging for a state score. Lauren Hodsden of Bridport was one of the four high scorers.
Hodsden also took second in the teen leaders’ general knowledge competition, and first in the teen leader showing contest.
In the delegates’ general knowledge contest (written test), four Vermonters placed in the top 10 overall; Courtney Bronson of Shoreham took fifth place.
To learn more about the UVM Extension 4-H Horse Program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or toll-free at (800) 571-0668, ext. 2 (Vermont calls only).

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