Local 4Hr’s Show Off Their Horse Sense

The Illinois 4-H State Hippology team’s knowledge was tested at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup and they came away as reserve champions. The team fielded a wide range of questions, ranging from breed identification, anatomy, tack identification, and feed samples to disease management, parasite identification, and quality assessment. The national reserve champion team includes Téa Thomas of Whiteside County, Olivia Charles of Carroll County, Desiree Reid of Mercer County, and Natalie Johnson of Ogle County.

Members also earned top billings in individual competition. Olivia Charles of Carroll County was named Hippology Overall High Point Individual. “Being a member of the team has given me study skills, teamwork abilities, and the knowledge to be successful in my college career and future occupation,” says Olivia Charles of Carroll County. “And it has given me horse sense to give back to the industry and to be a well-spoken horse woman.”

In 4-H, learning about horses means much more than learning to ride. Through 4-H, young people with a passion for horses can participate in educational contests related to the equine industry regardless of whether they even own a horse. These educational programs enhance members’ knowledge of horse health, breed characteristics, management, and feeding. To learn more, please visit the Illinois 4-H website. Illinois youth competing in the Eastern National 4-H Roundup are supported by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and its donors.

L to R: Téa Thomas (Whiteside Co), Olivia Charles (Carroll Co), Desiree Reid (Mercer Co.), Natalie Johnson (Ogle Co.)

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