The Indiana County 4-H program has recently been represented at several state and regional 4-H events.
Seven teens and one adult attended the Western Pennsylvania 4-H Teen Leadership Retreat at McKeever Environmental Center in Mercer County. The theme was “Vote 4-H.” The delegation included Jesse Isenberg and Teresa Shields, of the Gordon Club; Abby Zyhowski, Garrett Richardson, and Marshall Richardson, Marion Center Handy Helpers; Renee Short, Day Camp, and Mary Ann Ostach, Faithful Furry Faces. Lori Richardson, Marion Center Handy Helpers leader, served as chaperone. Workshops included teambuilding, personality types, goal setting, first aid, and camp counselor training.
Two 4-H members attended the Western Region In-Betweeners event held in Butler County. The theme was “Seussical Escape.” County participants were Hasan Ali and Jacob Short, from the day camp program. Participants learned about agriculture and nutrition using Dr. Seuss stories.
The county was also represented at the spring animal judging contests at Penn State. Ashton Stiles, from the Southern Dairy club, participated in the dairy judging contest and placed ninth out of 45 contestants. She was accompanied to the event by her mother and leader, Mandy Stiles. Several members of the Northern Livestock Club also participated in the beginner division of the livestock judging contest: Kaitlyn Glatt, Mariah Edgell, and Katherine Swauger. Leader Amy Lowmaster accompanied them, as did Paula and Dennis Chambers. Several livestock members from Northern Livestock also attended the “It’s Showtime!” livestock camp in Venango County. Indiana participants included Megan Blose, Rachel McDivitt, and Alexandra and Katherine Swauger.
Andrew Adams and Emmi Bracken from the Sleepy Hollow club participated in the Southwest Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Camp in Westmoreland County. The theme was “Ride to Be a Winner … With Famous Horses.”
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Thirty-one county horse club members recently participated in the annual horse judging and evaluation contest at Winterfield Farm. Leader Ethel Coleman was chairwoman of the event. Emily Vojtek won the senior division. Also placing were Madison Woodward, Tessa Rankin, and Alex Ruffner, tied for second; and Angela Moretti, third. The intermediate division winner was Paige Almes, with Allyson Ghiardi placing second and Leslie Blystone third.
Machaela Rankin won the junior contest. Also placing were Cloe Bowser, second, and Ethan Bracken and Kate Ghiardi, tied for third.
Also participants in the contest were Andrew Adams, Emmi Bracken, Taylor Sheesley, Izabela White, Elizabeth Bruner, John Clark Bruner, Shawn Blystone, Braedon Sheesley, Heather Hershberger, Erin Pierce, Abigail Bruner, Haley Brooks, Tori Lichtenfels, Kelsey Henry, Aleesha Spaid, Paige Henry, Brianna Dillon, Michaela Bush and Kayla Cahill.
Those who contributed to the success of the contest were Jennifer Fedder and Amanda Risinger, paperwork and scoring; Marjie Bezilla, Julie Moretti and Dolly LaRock, group leaders; Angie Adams, Beth Kobak, Bezilla and Wendy Cahill, participants in the leader showmanship class; Stacy Ghiardi, food arrangements, and Adams, Ethel Coleman, Hayley Ayers, Warren Dosch, Jodie Billingslee, Connie Winters, Marcy Craig and Amy Farren, horse providers.