Wallowa County 4-Hers  top at state Horse Classic

<p>Representing Wallowa County at the 2013 4-H Spring Horse Classic in Clackamas County, left to right, were: Cody Arbogast, Maddi Tracy, Gabrielle Wells, Calli Miller, Cammie Hale (and baby Weston), Anna Rinehart and Jimmy Wells.</p>

Wallowa County 4-H teams and individual horse members earned first place honors while competing at the recent 2013 4-H Spring Horse Classic, held in Clackamas County April 26-28. There were 16 Oregon counties competing, with 68 senior and 89 intermediate 4-H members.

“Wallowa County 4-H members consistently do an excellent job of representing our horse program and this year was no exception,” said Wallowa County OSU 4-H Extension Agent Debi Schreiber.

The Intermediate Horse Bowl Team and the Intermediate Hippology (the study of horses) Team both placed first in this state competition, while the Intermediate Horse Judging Team placed second.

The intermediate team consisted of Gabrielle Wells, Teagan Miller, Jimmy Wells and Maddi Tracy. Gabrielle Wells was the first place individual in the Horse Bowl competition, and ninth place individual in the Hippology contest. Teagan Miller was the first place individual in the Hippology contest, fifth place in the Horse Bowl and second in the horse judging contest.

Senior 4-H members (grades 9-12) competing in the Hippology contest were: Cody Arbogast, Calli Miller and Anna Rinehart. Calli Miller was the third high point individual.

Anna Rinehart was third in the senior presentation contest, while Wells placed second in the intermediate prepared public speaking contest.

The Wallowa County 4-H delegation was coached by Cammie Hale.

“It has been a pleasure to work with such an intelligent, dedicated, and fun group of 4-H members over the past five months in preparation for this event,” Hale said.  “These individuals represented Wallowa County extremely well and should be so proud of their accomplishments as a team and individually.”

The primary purpose of the event 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.

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.

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