NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Each year, teams of New Hanover County 4-H members spend hours preparing for their districts and state Annual 4-H Horse Bowl. Based on learning about horses, and participating in equine-oriented activities, a 4-H team from New Hanover County won second place in the mixed team division during the Southeast District 4-H Equine Quiz Bowl. The competition was held February 25 on the campus of the University of Mount Olive.
“I am excited and so proud of this team”, says Jill Wilson, New Hanover County 4-H Horse Club leader. “Their efforts, enthusiasm and openness to try something new such as horse quiz bowl is inspiring!”
The Horse Bowl contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. These contests will provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.
The newly formed team competed in their first horse bowl after forming back in October. The team is comprised of junior and senior 4-H members of the New Hanover County 4-H Horse Club which made them eligible to compete in the mixed team division. Team members are Fiona Sakowski, Lydia Wilson, Daisy Sakowski, and Laney Risley. Coached by Dee Hutson, Erin Sakowski, and Jill Wilson.
With the teams second-place finish, they now qualify for North Carolina 4-H State Horse Bowl Contest in Raleigh on March 7.
Individual honors were awarded to the top six overall highest scores during the competition. The New Hanover County team placed three team members in the top six: Daisy Salowksi, sixth place; Fiona Sakowski, fifth place; and Lydia Wilson, third place.
The goal of the event is to give 4-H participants an educational and fun opportunity to compete and test their knowledge on subjects such as horse anatomy, tack and riding equipment, horse nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, health and management of horses, and much more.
There are approximately 1,100 4-H horse projects involving youth throughout North Carolina. These programs are designed to develop life shills in youth and knowledge of horse production, use, and management. The horse program promotes the development of horsemanship skills, responsibilities, self-confidence, and sportsmanship.
To learn more about 4-H and/or the 4-H horse program in New Hanover County, contact New Hanover County Cooperative Extension office, visit newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu OR contact J. Scott Enroughty, 4-H Agent, at 910-798-7660 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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