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Bureau County 4-H members compete in state horse contests

PRINCETON — Members of the Bureau County 4-H Horsebowl/Hippology Team competed at the Illinois State Horsebowl, Hippology and Horse Speech contests held May 4-5 on the University of Illinois campus.

In the State Horse Speech Contest, Kiersten Pratt of Arlington participated in the Senior Individual Speech division. Her speech about equine parasites, “Bots, Roundworms and Mites, Oh My!” placed first in the state.

Two Bureau County 4-H members participated in the State 4-H Hippology Contest. In Hippology, members compete individually to test their knowledge of equine-related topics. They participate in a written test, as well as several stations at which they must identify images related to equine science.

Kiersten Pratt participated in the Intermediate Hippology Division and placed second in the state in that division. Stephanie Gripp of Sheffield participated in the Junior Hippology Division and placed sixth in the state in that division.

The Bureau County Senior Horsebowl team competed in the State Horsebowl contest. Horsebowl is a team event in which youth answer equine-related questions in a quiz bowl format. The team includes Kiersten Pratt, Stephanie Stocking of Spring Valley, Natalie Stocking of Spring Valley, Hayleigh Olson of Ladd and Renee Scaggs of Princeton. Although the team did not place in state competition, they were one of only two teams from the region selected to compete. Kiersten Pratt was the fourth highest individual scorer in the Senior Horsebowl division at the state competition.

The Bureau County 4-H Horsebowl and Hippology teams are coached by volunteer Jeanna Ohda, with assistance from volunteer Heather Pierson.

4-H is a program of University of Illinois Extension. The mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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