Six 4-H youth from Itasca County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 17-20, 2021. This year, 591 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 communications 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:
Samantha B. (Horse Project Club), grade 10, Hunt Seat Pleasure (third place); Hunt Seat Equitation (seventh place); Showmanship (fourth place); Western Pleasure (fifth place)
Kyla F. (Blackberry 4-H Club and Horse Project Club), grade 8, Poles (10th place)
Addison K. (Horse Project Club), grade 8, Barrels (eighth place)
Claire S. (Horse Project Club), grade 11, Poles (seventh place); Barrels (seventh place); Jumping Figure 8 (fourth place); Key Race (first place); Grand Champ Key (fourth place)
Kambri W. (Horse Project Club), grade 11, Hunt Seat Equitation (fifth place); Showmanship (eighth place); Trail Class (seventh place); Western Pleasure (ninth place); Western Horsemanship (fifth place)
To learn more about Minnesota 4-H Horse Project, contact local extension educator Rebecca Rasmussen, at 218-327-2801 and visit the website, https://z.umn.edu/4HHorseProject