Thursday, April 29, 2010

State 4-H Horse Competition results

Sorry that this has taken so long. I have been waiting on pictures but decided that I needed to post these results with the pictures I had.

On April 16 and 17, 2010 our Lazy Stars 4-H Hippology Team traveled to Juneau, Alaska for the State 4-H Horse competition. There were three competitions: Quiz Bowl, Presentations and Horse Judging. Each member of the team had to participate in two events. Three of them participated in all three.

The team has been together for three years now. Some of them are competitive by nature and most of them are not. However, they all want to go to a national competition and are willing to work learning all the stuff you have to know. One of the books they learn from is a three inch thick Horse Industry Handbook.

Horse judging was on Friday. There were four quality (or halter) classes and two performance classes. The kids had to place each class and give reasons on one quality and one performance class.

Presentations and Quiz Bowl were on Saturday. There were five teams in the double elimination quiz bowl. Our captain pulled a bye for the first round. The Lazy Stars did great.

Team Judging:

3rd Place - Lazy Stars Team #2 (Paige Martin, Annelyssa Massie, Briar Thurmond)

4th Place - Lazy Stars Team #1 (Jacob Kern, Jenna Kern, Allison Wandell)

Individual Judging:

Overall Horse Judging Champion - Paige Martin

High Performance Class Judging - Allison Wandell

Intermediate Level:

1st Place - Paige Martin

3rd Place - Annelyssa Massie

4th Place - Allison Wandell

Illustrated Talk/Demonstrations:

Team: Juniors:

1st place - Jenna Kern & Allison Wandell


1st Place - Paige Martin


1st place- Briar Thurmond

Horse Bowl:

Team Awards:

2nd Place - Lazy Stars (Paige Martin, Allison Wandell, Jacob Kern, Jenna Kern, Annelyssa Massie)

Individual Awards:

2nd Place - Paige Martin

As with any group activity (especially one with teen girls) there has been some drama that may break this team up. They have been under a lot of pressure from each other since October of last year when we first started studying for this competition. I'm burned out too from weekly and twice a week study sessions when some of the kids don't want to study but to socialize. I not sure if I want to spend the time, effort and energy to take them to Nationals if they are not going to be competitive. The plan is now to take the summer off and just ride. We'll meet in October for a decision on next year.


  1. ARRRGGGHHHHH! As a graphics person in the printing industry for 10 years I am pretty particular about how things "look". This post kicked my butt. I've been trying to post it for half an hour. First blogger didn't like this, then it didn't like that. So this is how the post was published. Guess I'll just have to deal with it!

  2. Hey- good luck with your judging team. I did that for 12 years here in California- I was horse leader for about 5 of those! Teen aged girls really do generate DRAMA! But hopefully you can get your lessons in while they don't know they are being taught- trail rides, socials and other horse field trips are all good 'study' tools! I have some fun tips if you need something new to do!

  3. I've heard that judging teams are tough but when they click it's pretty awesome. I'm not sure I'd have the patience for it.

    I've also heard it's hard to get the kids to do more than they "must" sometimes. This year we had a bunch of clinics at our club's schooling show and we had over 60 4H kids sign up and even more attended. Everyone was shocked by the turnout and of course, hoping that means things are turning around with the kids' interest.

    Good luck with your project.