Local youth show off their horse smarts

BURLINGTON — The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, was held May 6. In addition to the 33 4-H participants, six Future Farmers of America members took part.
The competition was split between two locations, Equestrian’s Edge, Fairfax (judging) and Westford Elementary School, Westford (oral reasons and awards ceremony). The youths judged five classes of horses, which were stock horse in hand, hunter in hand, Western pleasure, hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation.
Overall, Shyanne Wedge of Shoreham placed seventh in the Juniors division (ages 12 and 13).
The FFA contests finished as follows: Kira Kemp, Cornwall (first); Mahaila Gosselin, Salisbury (second); Cori Kerr, Middlebury (third); Nayda Sato, Cornwall (fourth); Courtney Curler, Bridport (fifth); Heather Cloutier, Addison (sixth).
To learn more about upcoming 4-H horse events, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at [email protected].

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