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Hippology team competed at state

May 9, 2014
Pierce County Tribune

They say the best part of a destination is the journey. That has proven to be the case for Pierce County's Junior Hippology Team. For more than four months, they've studied and practiced everything related to horses: nutrition, color, breeds, anatomy, events, gaits, tack, behaviors, and much more. They've spent many hours judging horses and discussing their thoughts, even competing in several competitions along the way. But all good things must come to an end. Their journey ended on a breezy Saturday in Fargo when these four horse-crazy girls headed to the State 4-H Hippology Contest held at NDSU's Equine Center. Having spent the prior evening in their hotel practicing reasons and enjoying the pool, they were up early, had an awesome breakfast, and shivered with excitement as they rode to the contest.

During the six-hour joint horse judging and Hippology contests, the girls completed a 50 question test, identified horse-related objects at 5 Identification stations, explained their solution to a 'team problem', judged six classes of horses, and presented oral reasons for two of those classes. It was a long day, and though they didn't win the contest, all four had a blast and said they're 'in' for next year-even pinky swearing to seal the deal. There are witnesses.

When the dust settled on the horse judging contest, Kimberly Leier and Josephine Wolf led the pack with 274 and 273 points, respectively. But Alyson Mundahl and Mika Guty weren't far behind with 262 and 260 points, respectively.

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The Pierce County Junior Hippology team includes (from back left, clockwise) Kimberly Leier, Alyson Mundahl, Mika Guty and Josephine Wolf.

Because they were in the Junior category of the Hippology contest, the team was able to compete as a group through all of the Hippology tasks, placing 16th overall.

For their first year of competition for Pierce County 4-H, these are amazing accomplishments. We are proud of these 4-H girls for their dedication and commitment to the 4-H horse program. We also appreciate the parents who helped out and allowed their girls to participate. And, we can't wait to try it again next year!

For more information on 4-H, or the 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contests, contact Yolanda Schmidt, NDSU Extension Agent, at 701-776-6234.

- Pierce County 4-H



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