The Ninety Six 4-H Horse Club was well-represented in the SC State 4-H Hippology Contest at Clemson University on Feb. 19.
The club sent 12 members to compete, ranging in age from 7 to 17, Cloverbud to Senior. They have been preparing since September, studying all aspects of horse ownership, including tack, bits, shoes, farrier tools, equine genetics and reproduction, anatomy and physiology, parasites and diseases, hays, feeds, grasses, and all gaits and disciplines.
The Hippology Contest consists of a written exam phase, both impromptu and prepared team problem presentations, a judging phase and a laboratory practical stations phase. More than 200 members from 4-H Clubs all over South Carolina came to participate in the all-day event.
Ribbons were awarded as follows:
Cloverbud: Tyler Dill -- blue ribbon
Emily Jones -- blue ribbon
Junior Team A: Rebekah Floyd, Klaire Rice, Sydney Sutton, Anna Crittendon
Second place Overall, First place Exam Phase, second place Judging Phase, second place Stations Phase, fifth place Team Problem
Junior Team B: Maggie McGee, Paige Douglas, Kassidy Gravely, Kaili Dearman
Third place Overall, first place Judging Phase, fifth place Stations Phase
Junior Individual: Sydney Sutton -- first place overall, fourth place Exam Phase, first place Judging Phase, sixth place Stations Phase, blue Danish ribbon
Rebekah Floyd -- Third place overall, First place Exam Phase, fifth place Stations Phase, blue Danish ribbon
Anna Crittendon -- eighth place overall, third place Exam Phase, eighth place Judging Phase, blue Danish ribbon
Klaire Rice -- 10th place Exam Phase, 10th place Judging Phase, blue Danish ribbon Paige Douglas - third place Judging Phase, 10th place Stations Phase, red Danish ribbon
Kassidy Gravely -- Second place Judging Phase, red Danish ribbon
Maggie McGee -- Fifth place Judging Phase, red Danish ribbon
Kaili Dearman -- Sixth place Judging Phase, red Danish ribbon
Senior Team: Lauryn Brinton, Shelby Turner
6th place Overall, Second place Stations Phase
Senior Individual: Lauryn Brinton -- Seventh place Overall, eighth place Exam Phase, third place Stations Phase, blue Danish ribbon, Regionals Qualified
Shelby Turner -- blue Danish ribbon