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4-H Horse Program Educational Teams

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Project ended on June 17, at 11:59 PM EDT
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VA 4-H Horse Program Finishes 2019 with Outstanding Wins!

December 11, 2019

Congratulations to our Virginia Delegation for representing so well at Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY, November 9th, 2019! Katie Define (Albemarle) won the Public Speaking Championship. Cora Hoemann (Caroline) won 3rd in Individual Presentation. The Hippology Team of Sarah Foster (City of Chesapeake), Hannah Beaver (Albemarle) , Lainey Butler (Albemarle), Rachel Buchanan (Botetourt) won the Team Reserve Championship, 2nd Team Written, 2nd Team Stations, and 3rd Team Problem; Sarah won 2nd overall individual, 3rd Individual Stations, and 1st Individual Written; Hannah won 4th Individual Overall, 2nd Individual Stations, and 3rd Individual Written. Sam Levine (Roanoke) competed as an individual in the Horse Judging contest and the Horse Bowl Team members were Kayla Dixon, Carolyn Hicks, Libby Pumphrey, and Samantha Whysong (all Prince William).

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In late October the horse judging team members, Hannah Beaver, Lainey Butler, and Isabella Karr (Albemarle members) for traveled to Tulsa, OK for Arabian Nationals! Many thanks to the traveling coaches, Yvonne Miller and Kara Hite! The team won the Reserve Championship and Hannah Beaver walked away with the First Place Overall Individual!!  With no less than 23 ribbons coming home with them, here are the results: Halter: Hannah - 3rd individual, Lainey - 5th individual, 3rd Place Team. Performance: Hannah - 3rd individual, 5th Place Team. Reasons: Hannah - 2nd individual, Lainey - 3rd individual, 2nd Place Team. Overall Individual: Hannah - 1st, Lainey - 9th. Overall Team: 2nd.


Previously in June, eight judging team members competed at the APHA Youth World Horse Judging Contest in Fort Worth, TX. Kayla Dixon placed 10th and Brianne Lefanowicz (Caroline) placed 6th in the Performance division. Other traveling team members were Isabella Karr, Cora Hoemann, Hannah Beaver, Kaylee Hill (Rockingham), Lainey Butler, and Sam Levine.

Many Wins at Southern Regionals & the All American Quarter Horse Congress

October 18, 2019

Thanks to your support, the VA 4-H Horse Program educational teams did a wonderful job winning many ribbons at Southern Regionals in Perry Georgia (early Sept) and at the All American Quarter Horse Congress this week! We are so proud of them!  Next to come will be Nationals!!


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Communications - Cora Hoemann – 3rd Individual Presentations


Hippology Team (Sarah Foster, Hannah Beaver, Lainey Butler, Rachel Buchanan) - 3rd Team Overall, plus 3rd Team exam, Individual exam: Hannah 6th and Sarah 2nd, 4th Team Stations, 1st Team Horse Judging, Individual Horse Judging: Lainey 8th and Hannah 6th, 1st Team problem, Individual overall: Sarah 10th and Hannah 7th


Horse Judging Team (Brianne Lefanowicz, Cora Hoemann, Kayla Dixon, Kaylee Hill) - 9th Team Performance and Kayla Dixon, 10th individual overall in Performance


Horse Bowl Team (Samantha Whysong, Kayla Dixon, Carolyn Hicks, Libby Pumphrey) - successful completion of three rounds



Communications: Katie Define – 1st Public Speaking; Emily Sears – 3rd Public Speaking; Cora Hoemann – 3rd Individual Presentations; Samantha Whysong – 4th Individual Presentations


Horse Bowl: Virginia A (Samantha Whysong, Kayla Dixon, Carolyn Hicks, Libby Pumphrey) - 8th Overall; Virginia B (Grayson Collins, Victoria Klapper, Emily Wright, Sydney Carver, Rachel Buchanan) - 5th Overall



Team Results - Virginia A (Sarah Foster, Kate Hudson, Victoria Klapper, Meghan Peterson) - 6th overall, 4th Stations, 4th Team Problem; Virginia B (Calle Junker, Hannah Beaver, Lainey Butler, Rachel Buchanan) – 3rd overall, 5th Exam, 1st stations, 3rd Team Problem  

Individual Hippology Results: Sarah Foster – 3rd Exam, 4th Stations, 4th overall; Hannah Beaver – 4th Exam, 2nd Stations, 3rd overall; Calle Junker – 5th Stations, 9th overall


Horse Judging:

Team Results - Virginia A (Kayla Dixon, Hannah Beaver, Cora Hoemann): 2nd Team Performance, 1st Team Reasons, 3rd Overall; Virginia B (Lainey Butler, Kate Hudson, Kimberly Laue): 4th – Team Halter, 4th – Team Reasons, 6th Overall  

Individual Horse Judging Results:

Lainey Butler – 3rd Halter; Hannah Beaver – 2nd Performance, 1st Reasons, 6th Overall; Kayla Dixon – 9th Performance, 8th Reasons, 7th Overall; Kimberly Laue – 1st Performance, 2nd Reasons, 3rd Overall

Thank you for supporting the teams!

July 16, 2019

Thank you to everyone who supported the efforts financially to make this possible! The hippology, horse bowl, and communication kids enjoyed a fantastic Study Retreat weekend experiencing equine industry professions in Northern VA with phenomenal guest speakers and hands-on lessons!

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Bronze Level

Bronze Level Donations start at $10 and will help fund entry fees and study session supplies and materials for Virginia 4-H Educational Teams. (donations $10 - $49)


Silver Level

Silver Level Donations start at $50 and will help fund entry fees for Virginia 4-H Educational Teams. (donations $50 - $99)


Gold Level

Gold Level Donations start at $100 and will help fund partial travel for Virginia 4-H Educational Teams (donations $100 - $249)


Ruby Level

Ruby Level Donations start at $250 and will help fund a full team entry fees or study sessions (donations $250 - $399).


Sapphire Level

Sapphire Level Donations start at $400 and will help fund entire team travel and entry fees. (donation $400 - $649)


Diamond Level

Diamond Level Donations start at $650 and will go toward fully funding one team's entire trip to a national level contest ($650+)

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