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Local 4-H youth participates at horse show

Madison Johnson, a 4-H youth from Freeborn County, participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 13 through Sept. 16.

This year, 634 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair. 4-Hers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology — showing knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry, horse judging — the study of an animal, measuring it against an accepted ideal, horse training and achievement, speech and demonstrations about interest in horses or the horse industry, showmanship and drill team skills.

According to a press release, youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail and endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams and study horse science.

Youth may participate if they own or lease a horse. There are also options for youth who are interested in horses, but don’t have access to one in their community.

“Through the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show, youth build communications skills, gain deeper learning and interest in horses, and build relationships with caring adults,” said Renee Kostick, extension educator who manages the 4-H horse project in Minnesota. “These experiences contribute to their success in school, community and futures.”

The following youth were members of the Freeborn County delegation:

• Madison Johnson, Riceland 4-H Club, earned 10th place in grade 12 jumping figure 8.

To learn more about Minnesota 4-H Horse Project, contact Amy Wadding, extension educator 4-H youth development coordinator in Freeborn County, at 507-377-5660 or visit z.umn.edu/4Hhorse.