The St. Johns County 4-H Horse Judging Team earned fourth place honors Feb. 11at the Tampa State Fair Horse Judging Competition. Youth in teams of four, judged a total of eight horse classes, of which four were halter classes and four were riding classes. Some of the horse breeds that were judge consisted of Saddlebreds, American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses. Riding disciplines being judged were Hunter Under Saddle, Ranch Riding, English Equitation and English Pleasure.
Competing against 12 other teams, the St. Johns County Junior/Intermediate team took fourth place in the combined team age division. Team members included Mia Clyce, Amber Carlton, Macie Cerasale and Julianna Raimondi.
Senior 4-H member Taylor Garns also attended to give support to team members and to experience the event. This was the first horse judging competition the team competed in this year and we look forward to future accomplishments on this rising team of 4-H equestrian enthusiast!
4-H Alumni Ashley Colee and 4-H Program Assistant Kellie Anderson have been working with the team over the past month in preparation for the state horse judging contest. The St. Johns County 4-H Horse Program appreciates the local support from River View Ranch, Fledge Performance Horses and Dreamcatcher Stables for allowing the 4-H horse judging team to practice judging horses at their barns. The Tampa State Fair Horse Judging Contest is put on by the University of Florida Animal Science Department to provide 4-H and FFA youth an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and ability in the selection and evaluation of different horse breeds.
To see the St. Johns County 4-H youth in action, plan to attend the St. Johns County 4-H Expo on Saturday, April 8, from a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Johns County Extension Office (3125 Agricultural Center Drive. This event will consist of 4-H project exhibits, educational interactive activities and a free bike helmet giveaway for youth. This event is open to the public.
If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H Program or 4-H volunteering opportunities, please contact the 4-H Office at the St. Johns County Extension Office (3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, 32092) at 904 209-0430. To find out more about the St. Johns County 4-H Program or to enroll, go to: http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu .
4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, St. Johns County/University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations.
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