Local 4-H Horse Bowl Team Finishes 5th at State

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The 2024 NC State 4-H Horsebowl Contest was held on March 9, 2024, in conjunction with the State Hippology Contests. One hundred and thirty-seven youth competed on a total of 30 teams in the Junior, Senior, and Mixed divisions. In addition, 7 Cloverbud youth, ages 5-7, completed three rounds of play.

Congratulations too Eliana Meiners, Eliza Meiners, Bella Hedden, and Carlie James from the Cherokee County 4-H Horse Club for finishing 5th out of 10 Junior teams at the state competition.

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L to R: Amy Meiners, 4-H volunteer assistant leader/coach. Members: Bella Hedden, Eliza Meiners, Eliana Meiners, and Carlie James. Erika Hedden, 4-H volunteer leader/head coach.

Each horsebowl contestant must be an actual 4-H club member approved by his or her county Extension office and horse club leader. Participants are not required to own a horse to participate. Each team must have four eligible members. All team members must be present at the team seeding. All members of a Junior team may not have reached age 14 as of January 1 of the current year. All members of a Senior team must have reached age 14 but not age 19 before January 1 of the current year. It is strongly encouraged that mixed division teams consist of at least two Junior members and two Senior members. (A mixed team must contain at least two Junior members and one Senior member seated in competition at all times and may not have more than two Seniors seated at any time.)

4-H Horsebowl is an exciting opportunity offered as part of the NC 4-H Equine Program. At this event, youth are able to showcase their horse knowledge in a competitive, jeopardy- like contest.

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West District 4-H Horsebowl Junior Champion team from Cherokee County 4-H Horse Club.

This contest involves a series of questions that are asked either of a specific individual or a team. Participants use a buzzer system to ‘buzz’ in first and answer questions. These questions might be in the form of a regular question, toss-up, or bonus depending on the half of play.

There are a variety of subject areas covered:

1. Anatomy
2. Physiology and reproduction
3. Breeds and breed organizations
4. Behavior, psychology, training, and vices
5. Diseases and unsoundness
6. Parasites
7. Genetics
8. Tack and equipment
9. History and evolution
10. Breeds
11. Nutrition, feeds
12. Judging, conformation, unsoundness, blemishes
13. Showing, show procedures, equitation, and other mounted activities
14. Colors and markings
15. Stable and pasture management

Each year, top-scoring youth are selected to represent their 4-H Extension District at the state competition, which is held at NC State University.

Sponsors for this year’s horsebowl contest were the North Central District 4-H Horse Council, Stacy Adams, and the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.

The 2024 NC State 4-H Hippology contest was held on March 9, 2024, on the NCSU Campus. A total of 182 contestants competed in the Senior, Junior, Junior Rookie, Senior Rookie, and Cloverbud divisions. 4-H’ers completed exams, slide identification items, stations, judging classes, and team problems. The North Central District 4-H Horse Council and The Dale Earnhardt Foundation sponsored the contest.

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The 4-H Hippology contest elements include a written exam, horse judging, identification of items and/or their uses, and solving a problem and presenting the solution.

Three of our four youth competed as Rookie Juniors in the Hippology contest and Eliana Meiners finished 9th in that contest out of 30 youth competing.

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9th place State Junior Rookie Hippology (L to R) Eliana Meiners with Alaina Cross, NCSU, Equine Extension Associate, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

If you would like more information about our 4-H Horse Club or 4-H in Cherokee County please contact, Shannon Coleman, by email at:  shannon_coleman@ncsu.edu or by phone at 828-837-2210 ext. 4.