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Seneca County 4-H youth hosted Horse Bowl 2016

Did you know a horse has blind spots directly behind and below its head? Can you identify an Arabian, Palomino, or Missouri Fox Trotting horse? Would you be able to tell the difference between orchard grass, timothy, and alfalfa hay? 4-H members who join horse bowl or hippology learn these things and much more! The 4-H horse project is a great way for youth to learn about the beautiful animals they love. They can participate in educational contests to showcase their knowledge. Seneca County youth took part in the Region 2 Horse Extravaganza on Saturday, March 5th. Youth from 9 counties formed teams and took part in a full day of contests. The first part of the day was devoted to hippology. Youth traveled through different stations to identify tack, different types of feed, judge a class of horses, take a written test, and more. The afternoon was devoted to Horse Quiz Bowl. 4-H members tried to be the first to buzz in and gain points for their team. Questions are about any topic related to horses. The Seneca County youth who participated had fun, met youth from other counties, and were very successful. Abigail Wheeler participated in the Novice Hippology division and received an individual placing ribbon and was on the first place team. Trinity Cormack and Tristan Cormack represented Seneca County in the Novice Horse Bowl Division. Their team placed 4th and they both placed in the top 20 individually. Lydia Sacheli was part of the Junior Division in both contests. Her hippology team placed 8th and her horse bowl team placed 5th. She placed 9th individually in the horse bowl contest, qualifying to attend the State Horse Bowl Contest in April. Seneca County 4-H volunteer, Fran Ferrara, shared how pleased she was with the experience. She said, “They handled the event like rock stars! They studied hard and handled the pressures of being on a team with new friend in an unfamiliar location very well. They should be proud of themselves!” Seneca County 4-H is welcoming new youth, ages 5 to 19, to the horse program. There will be a showmanship clinic on May 14th as well as other workshops and field trips coming up. Please contact Susan at the Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension office for more information, 315-539-9251 or smc226@cornell.edu. For nearly 100 years, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information on this and other programs, please call the office at 315-539-9251 or e-mail seneca@cornell.edu.

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