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Hippology Season Wraps Up

April 8, 2016
Pierce County Tribune

The Pierce County 4-H Hippology team wrapped up their season April 2 with the state 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging contests at the NDSU Equine Center in Fargo.

Pierce County had two junior teams participating in the State Contest in Fargo earning 11th and 21st places in the Hippology contest. In the horse judging contest, Pierce County had six individuals participating. Mika Guty received second place in the halter class division, and 9th place overall in the junior category. Josephine Wolf received an award for being in the top half of all junior contestants. Remaining Pierce County team members were Grace Mahle, Kendra Leier, Amelia Shepard and Leah Shepard.

Though this was the final 2016 contest, the girls also participated in several other contests this season, starting with the Benson County Hippology contest January 30th.

In February, the teams participated in the Burleigh County (Bismarck), Little I (Fargo), and West River (Beulah) contests, bringing home a 6th place, an 8th place, a 10th place, and an 11th place finish.

Our beginner team consisting of Kami Guty, Christine Mahle and Jesse Wolf participated in the Benson County and Burleigh County contests, earning a 10th place finish.

March brought the ND Winter Show Hippology contest in Valley City. The single team competing there consisted of Mika Guty, Kendra Leier, Grace Mahle and Josephine Wolf. Together, the girls earned a 6th place finish in a field of 30 teams.

Hippology is the 'study of horses'. The Hippology contest consists of four sections: identifying 50 horse related items, answering 100 test questions, judging two classes of four horses, and formally presenting their solution to a Team Problem.

The Horse Judging contest consists of judging six classes of four horses and presenting two sets of oral reasons.

For more information on 4-H Horse Judging or Hippology contests, contact the Pierce County Extension Office.



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