Seven 4-H youth from Itasca County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 13-16, 2019. This year, 634 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair. 4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology (showing knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry), horse judging (study of an animal, measuring it against an accepted ideal), horse training and achievement, speech and demonstrations about interest in horses or the horse industry, showmanship and drill team skills.
Youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail, and endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams, and study horse science. Youth may participate if they own or lease a horse. There are even options for youth who are interested in horses, but don’t have access to one in their community.
“Through the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show, youth build communication skills, gain deeper learning and interest in horses, and build relationships with caring adults,” said Renee Kostick, Extension Educator who manages the 4-H horse project in Minnesota. “These experiences contribute to their success in school, community, and futures.”
The following youth were members of the Itasca County delegation: Lillian B., Liberty B., Naomi B., Mia D., Aislinn M., Jessica S. and Miya S.
Lillian B. Grade 8 – English Pleasure 1st, English Equitation 8th, Western Pleasure 1st, Western Horsemanship 2nd.
Liberty B. Grade 12 – Poles 10th, Key Hole 8th.
Mia D. Grade 13–Showmanship 4th, English Pleasure 7th, English Equitation 2nd, Western Pleasure 8th, Western Horsemanship 5th, Trail 9th.
Aislinn M. Grade 8 – Showmanship 3rd, English Pleasure 2nd, English Equitation 5th, Western Pleasure 2nd, Trail 1st.
Jessica S. Grade 12– Showmanship 6th, English Pleasure 5th, English Equitation 3rd, Western Pleasure 4th, Western Horsemanship 4th, Trail 5th.
To learn more about Minnesota 4-H Horse Project, contact 4-H Extension Educator Rebecca Rasmussen, at 218-327-2801 and visit the website, https://z.umn.edu/4Hhorse