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4-H hippology students compete

By Staff | Mar 13, 2014

Submitted Pictured from left to right in the back row are Pierce County junior 4-H Hippology team members Alyson Mundahl, Kimberly Leier and senior Ward County team member Hannah Hoffert. The front row includes Pierce County junior members Josephine Wolf (left) and Mika Guty.

On March 1, Pierce County’s Junior 4-H hippology students competed in the West River Judging Contest in Beulah, N.D. It was a cold, early morning for the all-girl teams, but there were smiles all around.

The hippology contest lasted about three hours and consisted of two horse judging classes (Hunter Under Saddle and Western Horsemanship), a team problem, a 50-question test and five identification stations.

Hippology is an activity to test a participant’s or group’s knowledge and understanding of horse science in a friendly but competitive setting, according to a rules and guidelines document from North Dakota State University.

This was the first hippology contest for some individuals, the second contest for others.

Favorite moments included traveling to and from Beulah, the awesome lunch, judging the horses and doing the team problem. The hippology team is coached by Brenda Heilman.

Participating on the Pierce County junior 4-H team were: Mika Guty, Josephine Wolf, Alyson Mundahl and Kimberly Leier. Hannah Hoffert participated with a Ward County team that placed second in the senior division. Everyone is looking forward to the next contest.

– Pierce County 4-H

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