COLUMBIA, Mo. – 4-H’ers from all across the state tested their horse judging skills Saturday, March 15, at the University of Missouri campus.

Ben Gallup, 4-H youth specialist with MU Extension, said 10 classes were available for participants to judge. Stephens College, the Missouri Junior Paint Horse Club and Rocky Mountain horse owners assisted with the event.

To qualify, participants must understand the breed standards and explain how they place the horses in a class. “The classes were wonderful, the food was outstanding, the help exceptional,” Gallup said. “The kids were engaged, the judges were spot-on, the parents and coaches were helpful and the tones were developmental. What a great experience and opportunity for the kids.”

The top three overall winners in the Junior Horses category were Mikayla Peterson, Greene County, first; Kristyne Eckhoff, Bates County, second; and Colton Warren, Boone County, third.

The Greene County team took top team honors as the overall winner in 4-H Junior Horses category. Team members are Mikayla Peterson, Nicole Berger, Cara Driskell, Ella O’Connor, Rory O’Connor and Brooke Wieder. The Boone County team of Justin Eddy, Colton Warren, Jack Warren and Hanna Wilson earned second place. The Pettis County team placed third. Members are Keely Elwell, Diana Frausto, Riley Hagedorn, Emma Lazenby, Zeke Mathis, Morgan O’Dell, Dylan Schibi and Ada Tucker.

Individual winners in the 4-H Senior Horses group were Adrea Althoff, Marion County, first; Jaclyn Dickens, Buchanan County, second; and Mariah Murphy, Boone County, third. The Marion County team captured top honors. Members are Andrea Althoff, Mikaela Click, Makayla Corey, Shannon DeHaan and Micha Gottman. Clinton County team members took second place. Members are Morgan Anderson, Mariah Gach, Amanda Johnson, Chelsea Price and Nichole Provin and Kate Wright. The Greene County team won third-place honors. Members include Jessica Cobban, Mattie Cobban, Serena Peterson, Bailey Skinner and Taylor Wieder.

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