April 13, 2015 - 3:54pm -- rowe.316@osu.edu

Several 4-H members have experienced success in recent statewide events. Lee and Collin Hesler, sons of Dusty and Carrie Hesler, Winchester, competed in the recent State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. Lee placed second among 49 participants in the Senior Division of the event, and Collin placed 17th. Both are members of the Unity Farmers 4-H Club and North Adams FFA.

Eight youth competed in the recent State 4-H Horse Bowl. Areena and Shaye Goon, daughters of Taylor and Jessica Goon, Winchester, and Leah and Damion Dionne, children of Charles and Annette Coday, Winchester, comprised the Junior team, and Karlie Harper, daughter of Brent and Mary Harper, Stout; Taylor Hall, son of Tim and Kristi Hall, Russelville; Addi Jackson, daughter of Brad and Jennifer Sumpter, Winchester; and Ryanna Shearer, daughter of Brian and Kara Shearer, Peebles, comprised the Senior team.

The Junior team finished in seventh place in the Contest. In all, 16 teams from around the state competed in that division. The Senior team finished in fifth place in its division among 18 teams. Karlie Harper placed ninth in the individual competition. Horse Bowl is a quiz-bowl contest that tests youth on a wide variety of horse-related knowledge. Members of the Adams County 4-H Equine Education team had been preparing for the contest since January. Sam DeAtley, Peebles, and Carolyn Belczyk, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, served as team coaches. Members will also compete in several additional upcoming state 4-H contests, including the Hippology and Horse Judging Contests on June 15.

Involvement of youth in state horse-related events and opportunities this year is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. DeAtley and Belczyk wrote the grant to increase opportunities for horse and horseless project members at the local, state, and national levels. Funds have been used to purchase a buzzer system and study resources for the Equine Education team, as well as to pay contest entry fees. Grant funds will also pay for a member of the State 4-H Horse Judges’ Committee to attend the 2015 Adams County 4-H Equine Camp. Jennifer Moshier will share her expertise with members from Adams and neighboring counties regarding the new Ranch Horse and Small Equine in Hand classes. She will also conduct a session on horse judging.

For more information about the Adams County 4-H program, visit the OSU Extension Adams County website at adams.osu.edu or contact the Extension office at 937.544.2339.