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Virginia 4-H horse judging team wins national championship

The Virginia 4-H Horse Judging team won first overall at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Judging Contest in November.

“Winning the national contest means so much to this team. I knew at the beginning of the year they had the talent to do it, and they worked tirelessly every week to make sure they were ready for the challenge of Eastern Nationals,” said Leona Ransdell, the coach of the Horse Judging team.

The Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. The event allows 4-H’ers to compete nationally in several contests, including Horse Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Horse Communications. This year, 306 youth from 26 states competed. For the Virginia 4-H Horse Judging team, this was their biggest and most important contest to date.

Team members Charlotte Manvell, 17, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Ruth Martin, 16, of Check, Virginia; Sarah Seay, 16, of Louisa, Virginia; and Caitlyn Russ, 17, of Palmyra, Virginia, each placed high individually, demonstrating the skills they’ve worked hard to cultivate through practice and competition. They were scored in three areas: halter class judging, performance class judging, and oral reasons. They placed first in halter, first in performance, and third in reasons, taking home the first overall.

Virginia 4-H had 16 total competitors at the Roundup, all placing well in their competitions. The Horse Bowl team of Taryn Cowles, Emma Hartman, Katie Define, and Hannah Beaver placed ninth overall. In Hippology, the team of Nikki Novak, Adela Novak, Peyton Freeman, and Claire Edwards placed 10th overall. The Virginia Communications team placed ninth, with Caroline Perkins competing in Public Speaking, Kate Hudson competing in Individual Presentation, and Camryn Madagan and Brenna Hathaway competing in Team Presentation.

4-H grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for the world of tomorrow. The research-backed 4 H experience teaches young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to be civically active, and two times more likely to make healthier choices. 4-H reaches nearly 6 million young people across the country. The 4-H horse program in America has an enrollment of more than 260,000, the largest of all the animal-oriented 4-H projects.

Written by Caroline Sutphin


Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon teams successful at national contests

The 2016 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team sitting from left to right front row: Cam Childers, Jenna Kibler, Sarah Jane French, and Simon Liggett. Standing: Bain Wilson, coach; Cassie Simmons and Cole Reeves. Not pictured Jake McCall.

The 2016 Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging Team sitting from left to right front row: Cam Childers, Jenna Kibler, Sarah Jane French, and Simon Liggett. Standing: Bain Wilson, coach; Cassie Simmons and Cole Reeves. Not pictured Jake McCall.

The Virginia 4-H Livestock Judging and Livestock Skillathon teams finished first and third in their respective national contests, which were held in November at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The Livestock Judging Team competed against 31 other teams in the 92nd National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The team’s first-place finish gave Virginia back-to-back national championships. The team beat second-place South Dakota by 10 points and third-place Pennsylvania by 16 points.

Members of the Livestock Judging Team included

  • Kam Childers of Ewing, Virginia.
  • Sarah Jane French of Cumberland, Virginia.
  •  Jenna Kibler of Edinburg, Virginia.
  • Simon Liggett of Mt. Solon, Virginia.
  • Jake McCall (alternate) of Greenville, Virginia.
  • Cole Reeves (alternate) of Churchville, Virginia.
  • Cassidy Simmons (alternate) of Staunton, Virginia.

Bain Wilson, youth livestock educator at Virginia Tech, coached the team.

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Augusta Food Works team wins big in national competition

team members posing with skillet tropies

Virginia’s National Champion Food Challenge Team; pictured from left to right: Luke Jennings, Jordan Strickler, Madeline Rothwell, and Ryan Sensabaugh.

The Augusta County Food Works team took home top honors at the National 4-H Food Challenge, held Oct. 4 in Dallas. The team topped a competitive 11-team field to be crowned 2016 national champions.

The four-member team included:

  • Luke Jennings of Staunton, Virginia;
  • Madeline Rothwell of Staunton, Virginia;
  • Ryan Sensabaugh of Greensville, Virginia; and
  • Jordan Strickler of Staunton, Virginia.

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Virginia 4-H member wins lawn tractor contest

young man on riding lawn mower

Tyler Burgess in Lafayette, Indiana, at the 2016 National Youth Lawn Tractor Challenge.

Tyler Burgess, a 4-H member from Franklin, Virginia, won the 2016 National Youth Lawn Tractor Challenge on Sept. 27 in Lafayette, Indiana.

The event is designed to give youth participating in lawn tractor-focused educational programs an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the areas of lawn care, business management, lawn and garden tractor operation, and maintenance and safety.

Burgess competed against youth from around the country to win the title. He won after completing a written exam, identifying mechanical parts, and demonstrating safe operation of a lawn tractor through an obstacle course.

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Virginia Tech to host 96th annual 4-H Congress

students in a garden

4-H Congress participants take part in myriad educational activities during their time on campus in Blacksburg. Pictured here, students take an educational tour of Virginia Tech’s Hahn Horticulture Garden with Alex Niemiera, professor of horticulture and woody plants curator.

More than 500 eager 4-H members and volunteers will descend upon Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus June 27-30, 2016, for the 96th annual Virginia 4-H State Congress.

4-H State Congress is the premier 4-H event for outstanding 4-H teens and adult volunteer leaders. Its mission is to provide competitive and noncompetitive educational experiences for Virginia teens to help them develop the life skills and leadership abilities needed to become contributing citizens in their communities.

Each year, participants are offered dozens of workshops, showcases, and competitions to take part in during their time at 4-H State Congress. The activities cover topics such as communication and expressive arts, healthy living, leadership, service learning, animal science, and environmental science and outdoor education. Participants customize their experience by choosing to participate in the activities that most interest them.

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