A delegation of outstanding 4-H members represented Wallowa County well at the state 2009 Spring Horse Classic held April 24-26 in Albany.
Wallowa County's Intermediate team (grades 7-9) placed 6th out of 16 teams in the horse judging competition. The intermediate team consisted of Silje Christoffersen, Emily Ketscher, Landra Skovlin and Cody Arbogast.
Silje Christoffersen placed 1st in the state in intermediate horse judging based on her individual scores.
The Wallowa County's Horse Bowl team also excelled, earning fifth place honors, with 15 teams competing. Team members Christoffersen and Morgan Green placed fourth and fifth respectively in the state in individual rankings. Also on the Horse Bowl team were Brooke Greenshields, Landra Skovlin and Emily Ketscher.
The State Hippology (the study of horses) team from Wallowa County consisted of: Greenshields, Green, Skovlin, and Ketscher, and placed third out of 16 teams. Brooke Greenshields placed eighth individually.
Silje Christoffersen also represented Wallowa County with a presentation on the Evolution of the Horse. She utilized a PowerPoint computer program to explain the theory of how the modern horse evolved from a 9-inch prehistoric animal. She placed fourth in her division.
The Wallowa County 4-H delegation was chaperoned by Cammie Hale, Anette Christoffersen and Jill Arbogast.
The primary purpose of the Horse Classic is to provide an educational forum in which youth enrolled in 4-H demonstrate their knowledge of equine related subject matter through participation in judging, presentations, public speaking and knowledge bowl activities.
The event annually brings together many of Oregon's top 4-H youth members. The opportunity to compete, learn and share in a friendly, open environment has become the trademark of this annual event. Coupled with the involvement of volunteers who help conduct these activities, the Classic has become a focal point within the 4-H Animal Science program at Oregon State University.