Putnam County 4-H’ers Compete in Horse Judging
By: Melissa Henry, 4-H Agent
Knowing if the rider is on pattern or if a horse broke gait, these are just a couple of the skills learned through 4-H Horse Judging. Youth learn about selecting horses based on their balance, muscling and structural correctness. They also learn about different breed characteristics and selection of horses in performance classes such as hunter under saddle and reining. Over 200 youth from across the state competed in the contest conducting by the MTSU equine science staff.
In the Junior division, the team of Tehya Howell, Mallory Johnson, Jadyn Groe, and Isabella Moody placed 3rd overall in the contest, the team was also 3rd in halter and 1st in performance. The team of Peyton Archer, Carter Randolph, and Nathan Smuin place 4th overall in the contest, and was also 9th in halter and 4th in performance. Receiving individual awards were Tehya who was 3rd overall individual and 7th in halter, Jadyn received 7th overall and 6th in performance, and Mallory who was 4th in performance.
In the Junior High division, the team of Austin Archer, Abi Smuin, and Rachel Sharp were 7th place overall and also were 5th in performance and 10th in halter. Abi was the 4th place overall individual and also place 4th in halter and 9th in performance. Tim Smuin competed as an individual in the senior division. Special thanks to volunteer leader, Thom Steger for helping coach the team for the contest.
Numerous hours were spent by team members, coaches and 4-H Agents preparing for this event and the hard work and effort paid off for those members. Putnam County 4-H is known statewide for a successful program and animal science events are an important part of the total program. If you would like more information about the 4-H program please call the 4-H office at 526-4561. 4-H is a proud part of the UT Extension and the UT Institute of Agriculture. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment through the cooperation of county, state and federal governments.
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Horse teams Putnam County was well presented at the region horse judging contest. Pictured are (front L to R) Nathan Smuin, Jadyn Groe, Isabella Moody, Rachel Sharp, Mallory Johnson, Tehya Howell (back L to R) Tim Smuin, Abi Smuin, Peyton Archer, Carter Randolph, Austin Archer
Junior team The Junior team celebrates their success! Team members (L to R) are Mallory Johnson, Jadyn Groe, and Tehya Howell