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Bureau County 4-H Horsebowl/Hippology members compete in regional contest

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Bureau County’s 4-H Senior Horsebowl Team placed second at regional competition and qualifies for the state contest in May. Pictured are team members (left to right): Natalie Stocking, Hayleigh Olson, Kiersten Pratt, Stephanie Stocking, and Renee Scaggs. Not pictured are junior team members Stephanie Gripp, Savanah Jensen, Alexa Loftus, and Lauren McMillan. The junior team placed fourth at regional competition.

PRINCETON — The Bureau County 4-H Horsebowl and Hippology Team competed in the regional contest held at Black Hawk East College on April 6, and received several awards.

Hippology is an individual event in which youth are tested on their knowledge of equine-related topics. In the Junior Hippology division, Stephanie Gripp of Sheffield placed second in the region. In the Intermediate Hippology division, Kiersten Pratt of Arlington placed first in the region. In the Senior Hippology division, Stephanie Stocking of Spring Valley placed ninth in the region. Gripp and Pratt both qualify for the Illinois State Hippology contest, which will be held on the University of Illinois campus.

Hippology participants were also asked to answer an oral question, which was scored separately from the other results. Stephanie Gripp placed fourth in the region in the junior division, and Kiersten Pratt placed second in the region in the intermediate division.

Horsebowl is a team event in which youth compete to answer equine-related questions in a quiz bowl format. Bureau County’s Junior Horsebowl Team, consisting of Stephanie Gripp of Sheffield, Savanah Jensen of New Bedford, Alexa Loftus of Ohio and Lauren McMillan of Ohio, placed fourth in the region. Bureau County’s Senior Horsebowl Team, consisting of Hayleigh Olson of Ladd, Kiersten Pratt of Arlington, Renee Scaggs of Princeton, Natalie Stocking of Spring Valley and Stephanie Stocking of Spring Valley placed second in the region. The Senior Horsebowl Team qualifies for the state competition, to be held on the University of Illinois campus.

Individual scores are also tracked during the Horsebowl competition: Stephanie Gripp had the seventh highest individual score and Alexa Loftus had the 10th highest individual score in the junior division. Kiersten Pratt had the first highest individual score in the senior division.

The competition also included a Horse Judging division, in which youth were scored on their ability to judge an exhibit class of horses. Stephanie Stocking placed second in the region in the Senior Horse Judging division.

Bureau County’s 4-H Horsebowl and Hippology Teams are led by volunteer coach Jeanna Ohda of Walnut. She is assisted by volunteer Heather Pierson of Walnut, who also served as the Junior Horsebowl Team coach during the competition.

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