Tennessee 4-H Horse Competions, 2014
The 2014 Tennessee State 4-H Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Communications contests were held February 14-15, at Brehm Animal Science Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee.


Submitted by Claudia Baney, 4-H Specialist, UT Extension


The 2014 Tennessee State 4-H Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Communications contests were held February 14-15, at Brehm Animal Science Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The 2014 contest marked the 21st year for the event, and 272 Tennessee 4-H youth from across the state participated.

The Communications contests (Public Speaking, Individual Presentation, and Team Presentation) allow senior 4-H members (9th -12th graders) to demonstrate their equine knowledge while also developing public speaking skills. The Horse Bowl contest challenges youth to learn scientific information about horse nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, health and management. The Hippology contest allows 4-H youth to demonstrate skills they have learned in equine science, horse judging and identification of horse related tack and equipment.

The top four teams from each division of each regional competition, held earlier in the year, were eligible to compete in the State Championships in Horse Bowl and Hippology. The first and second place finishers in all senior-level events will be eligible to represent Tennessee at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Raleigh, N.C., July 29 - August 2, 2014. First place senior-level winners will also be eligible to compete at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup in Louisville, Ky., in November.

Here are the results:

In the Public Speaking competition, Rachael Millard of Knox County was named Champion with her speech “Merits of the Mules.” Reserve Champion in Public Speaking went to Allison Parker, Sumner County, with her speech about internal parasites. Erin Thomas from Williamson County was the Individual Presentation Champion with a presentation on colic. Reserve Champion in Individual Presentation went to Shaelynn Baggett, Jefferson County, for her presentation on Arabian sport horses. The Team Presentation Champion went to the team of Megan Aiosa and Haily Goldman from Henry County for their presentation on vaulting. Each contest winner will receive a $200 scholarship sponsored by the Tennessee 4-H Horse Program.

In the Hippology contest, the Champion Senior Division team was the Williamson County team of Sarah Wingo, Julia Rhyne, Allie Robertson and Savannah Yonge. Reserve Champion honors went to the Cocke County team with members Sarah Hopkins, Amelia Hurst, Jennifer Poe and Morgan Rowland. The Blount County team of Jenna Delozier, Aidan Galloway and Lily Turaski placed third. Other senior teams that competed include Hamilton, Henderson, Henry, Lauderdale, Sullivan, Sumner and Tipton counties. The Champion senior high individual and recipient of the Steve McNeil Achievement Award along with a $200 scholarship sponsored by the Tennessee 4-H Horse Program was Amelia Hurst of Cocke County. Reserve Champion Senior individual in Hippology was Carly White from Sumner County.

The Champion Junior High Division team in the Hippology contest was the Sumner County team, consisting of Amber Thornton, Megan Thornton, Kassidy Beasley and Delaney Simonis. The Reserve Champion Junior High Hippology team was the Williamson County team with teammates Brooke Cunduff, Anna Cesnik, Amy Chandler and Hallie McKinnie. Third place went to the Madison County team of Sarah Carlton, Zach McCarver, Taylor Perry and Elena Warren. Other teams that competed in Junior High Hippology include Sullivan, Rutherford, Blount, Chester, Cocke, Dickson, Henry, and Loudon counties. The Champion Junior High individual was Amber Thornton, Sumner County. Reserve Champion Junior High individual went to Taylor Perry, Madison County.

The Champion Junior Division Hippology team was the Madison County team, with members Mackenzie Johnson, Hannah Mallard, Allie Maxwell and Rylee Thomas. The Reserve Champion Junior Hippology team was the Jefferson County team of Hannah Brooks, Delanie Clifton, Madelyn Graf and Bryanna Hutchinson. The Sumner County team consisting of Kellin Ferrell, Hunter-Nicole Jolley, Elizabeth Morgan and Garrison Ward finished third. Other teams that competed include Blount, Williamson, Rutherford, Crockett, Carroll, Anderson, Lincoln and McNairy counties. The Champion Junior individual was Madelyn Graf of Jefferson County. The Reserve Champion Junior individual was Owen Gibson from Crockett County.

The Senior Division of the Horse Bowl competition was won by the Williamson County team of Julia Rhyne, Allie Robertson, Sarah Wingo, and Savannah Yonge. Reserve Champion went to the Sumner County team of Cailyn Simonis, Haley Brazel, and Carly White. The Sumner County team A, consisting of Stephen McNeil, Chloe Anderson, and Haylee Hodges finished in third place. Other teams that competed in Senior Horse Bowl include the counties of Anderson, Blount, Cocke, Henderson, Knox, Lauderdale, Madison, Tipton, and Williamson.

The Junior High Division Champion Horse Bowl team was Sumner County A with team members Kassidy Beasley, Amber Thornton, Megan Thornton and Delaney Simonis. The Reserve Champion Junior High Division Horse Bowl team was Sumner County Team B consisting of Erin Carver, Ann Marie Brewer, Tony Lynn Cline and Casey Jansch. The Williamson County B team finished in third place with team members Shelby Mryncza, Macie Reagan, Emily Gordon and Abby Brady. Other Junior High Horse Bowl teams that competed included teams from Cocke, Dickson, Henderson, Knox and Madison.

The Junior Division Champion Horse Bowl team was the Sumner County team of Hunter-Nicole Jolley, Elizabeth Morgan, Kellin Ferrell and Garrison Ward. The Reserve Champion Junior Division Horse Bowl team was the Blount County team including Eden Carnes, Claire Horton and Allison Moorehouse. Third place went to Madison County team of Hannah Mallard, Mackenzie Johnson, Allie Maxwell and Rylee Thomas. Other Junior Horse Bowl Teams that competed included teams from Blount, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Jefferson, Lincoln, McNairy, and Williamson counties.

A total of 272 youth from 24 counties competed in the 2014 contests. This event would not have been possible without the support of the many Extension agents, volunteer leaders and parents from throughout the state who coach 4-H members and assist with running of both Regional and State level contests. Students from the University of Tennessee were among the dedicated volunteers that helped run the contests this year.

4-H is a national youth development program which in Tennessee is managed by UT Extension. UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

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Contact:

Claudia Baney, UT Department of Animal Science, 865-974-7260, cbaney@utk.edu

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