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4-H members participate in state horse events

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By Roberta Hunt

The Kentucky 4-H State Horse Events were held in Lexington on June 9 and 10.  Each year, hundreds of 4-H horse project members from across the state compete in the two-day event.

Three Washington Co. 4-H Young Riders members, Brittany Wells, Brandon Wells and Tyler Adams, participated in this year’s event.  

Winning state champion in the Sr. Team Demonstration category were Brittany Wells and Tyler Adams.  Brittany went on to win third in Sr. Public Speaking and fourth in the Sr. Individual Demonstration categories. In Sr. Horse Photography, Brandon Wells won state champion in the Sr. Digital Collage and Brittany Wells placed third.  In Sr. Photo Collection, Brittany won state champion.  In the Sr. Photography Showing Movement, Brittany won sixth place.  In the Sr. Craft division,  Art Pattern/Blueprint, Brandon Wells received second place and Brittany Wells fourth place.  In Sewing, Brittany received second place and in Art Kit, Brittany won tenthplace.  Congratulations to these three for representing Washington County.

Last week, four 4-H Hooves and Horns members travelled to MuhlenburgCounty for the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest.   This popular contest drew several hundred youth from across Kentucky to the western part of the state.  

Participating were Emilee Graves, Taylor Blandford, Justin Campbell and Jacob Graves.  Participants, depending on their age group,judged between 8 and 11 classes of beef cattle, hogs, sheep and goats.  They also had to give between one and four sets of reasons on class placements and the 9-11-year olds had four non-traditional classes where they identified breeds of livestock, parts of livestock and cuts of meat.  

As you can see, the event helps youth learn about all species of livestock, helps them with their decision making skills and to be better public speakers. Another highlight is to see old and new friends from across the state.  Congratulations to the four members representing Washington County.

In the future watch for details on upcoming 4-H Day Camp opportunities at the Washington County Extension Office and results from other district and state competitions.