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Hippology 4-H team takes state title

By Sue Sitter - | Jun 19, 2021

Senior Hippology Coach Barb Rice, left, poses with team members Joey Wolf, Kendra Leier, Mika Guty and Tianna Dwyer.

After one year away from competition, 4-H hippology team members from Pierce and Benson Counties are on their way back to nationals.

Coached by Barb Rice of Maddock, the Benson County team took first place at the 4-H Western National Roundup in 2019.

This year, the team coached by Rice includes Pierce County students Joey Wolf and Kendra Leier along with participants Mika Guty and Tianna Dwyer.

Wolf said of the state title, “My team and I are so excited to have the opportunity to compete at national contest this year. We have worked so hard to get to this point and it has all paid off.”

The 4-H National Roundup will take place in the fall in Louisville, Kentucky, according to Sandra Scherr of the Pierce County NDSU Extension office.

Intermediate team members are, from left, Jesse Wolf, Kami Guty, Maggie Iverson and Katelyn Mattern.

Scherr coaches the junior team for Pierce County 4-H. The junior team members, who are students at Ely and Little Flower Elementary Schools, placed third at state.

“There were three contests,” Scherr explained. “There was horse judging, hippology and quiz bowl.”

Scherr said her junior team members joined with the 4-H intermediate team from Pierce County for the horse judging competition. Scherr said that team took first place in the horse judging competition.

“Then, the intermediates won first in hippology and the juniors took third,” Scherr said. “This was their first big, big contest and they did really well,” Scherr said of the junior team. “We’re super proud of them.”

“Then, we had the Quiz Bowl, which is like Horse Jeopardy,” Scherr said. “One of the juniors got sick overnight, so we only had two team members, but they ended up coming in third. So, they did amazing. I was tickled. It was so much fun.”

“Then, the intermediates took first in the quiz bowl and the seniors took second,” Scherr said. “We had a really great time and they did wonderfully. Not only that, we had a lot of individual awards.”

“Katelyn Mattern, she’s an intermediate, she came home with an overall first,” Scherr said. Also, one of our seniors, Kendra Leier came home with an overall first. So, we did amazing.”

Scherr pointed to a bulletin board in the Pierce County NDSU Extension office filled with award ribbons, many of them blue.

“That’s what we came back with from state,” Scherr said, smiling proudly.

“I’m so proud of all the girls. They did amazing,” Scherr added. “The older girls did so well with the littles – that’s my name for the juniors.”

“With everything in the world that seems dark and gloomy, when you look at our kids and our girls and the whole thing down there and see how wonderful and compassionate and beautiful those girls and boys are who do that, I’m not worried about the future,” Scherr added. “It’s looking bright and a lot of that is our kids. It was an amazing time.”

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