Forty-eight 4-H members representing four Indiana County 4-H Horse Clubs recently participated in the annual 4-H Hippology Contest. Hippology means “the study of horses” and members’ knowledge was tested on such topics as confirmation, hays and grains, shows, horse language, driving, vital signs and ponies.
The top individuals in four age divisions were recognized as follows:
Beginner: Machaela Rankin and Grace Rougeaux, Trailblazers, tied for first; Elizabeth Bruner, Trailblazers; Taylor Sheesley, Shawnee Riders; and Morgan Daugherty and Khylee Maglione, Sleepy Hollow, tied for fifth.
Junior: Haley Brooks, Sleep Hollow; Samantha Zaragoza, Shawnee Riders; Emmi Bracken, Sleepy Hollow; Alexis Zaragoza, Shawnee Riders; and Heather Hershberger, Shawnee Riders.
Intermediate: Kelsey Henry, Trailblazers; Brianna Dillon and Rachel Sproat, Trailblazers, tied for second; Taylor Leece, Trailblazers; and Montana McCloskey, Shawnee Riders.
Senior: Angela Moretti, Shawnee Riders; Emily Vojtek, Sleep Hollow; Paige Henry, Trailblazers; and Lauren Overdorff, Shawnee Riders.
The District 10 4-H Horse Program Committee provided awards for the contest.
Other participants in the contest were:
Trailblazers, Paige Almes, Cameron Albert, Allyson Ghiardi, Julia Smyers, Abigail Bruner, Courtney Reddy, Caroline Albert, Katelynn Ghiardi, Erin Pierce, Aleesha Spaid, Tessa Rankin and John Clark Bruner.
Shawnee Riders: Autumn Kanouff, Braedon Sheesley, Garrison Kanouff, Ethan Stiles, Jordyn Goril, Blake Blystone, Shawn Blystone, Katie Peters, Leslie Blystone, Alexis Latson and Tori Lichtenfels.
Rocky Hollow Riders: Kayla Cahill.
Sleepy Hollow: Andrew Adams, Alex Ruffner, Danielle Adams and Ethan Bracken.