Horsekateers Come Away Winners at 2022 State 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Contests

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Chatham County 4-H Horsekateers at the 2022 State Horse Bowl and Hippology Contests, from left to right: Ruthy Vorder Bruegge (coach), Gracie Burgess, Savannah Byrd, Lily Webster, Sara Richardson, Caleigh Gantt, Victoria Smith, Sam Durham, Kyra Worth, Jadyn Clark, Mary Dickerson (coach)

The Chatham County Horsekateers 4-H Club traveled to Raleigh this past weekend and came away winners in both the State Horse Bowl and Hippology Contests held on the campus of NC State University.

Hippology is a comprehensive competition of horse knowledge that includes a variety of phases, including an exam, IDs, judging, station identification, and a team problem. This contest allows participants to display their knowledge on a wide variety of topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and diseases and helps them to become a more well-rounded horse person. The Horsekateer Hippology Teams placed 1st and 5th overall and 1st and 2nd in team problem. Overall high individuals from the team included Jadyn Clark (14th), Victoria Smith (13th), Kyra Worth (7th), Sara Richardson (5th), and Sam Durham (2nd). The Top 10 Individual Placings in Judging included Caleigh Gantt (8th), Sara Richardson (4th), and Sam Durham (2nd);  Stations included Victoria Smith (10th), Sara Richardson (9th), Sam Durham (5th), Jadyn Clark (4th), and Kyra Worth (3rd); and Exam/IDs included Sara Richardson (7th), Kyra Worth (4th), and Sam Durham (2nd).

Horse Bowl is a quiz bowl-style competition of horse knowledge on a wide variety of topics, ranging from physiology and genetics to horse industry standards. Participants learn the fundamentals of biology, nutrition, and equine health, as well as team cooperation and healthy competition. The Horsekateer Horse Bowl Teams placed 3rd and 4th overall with Caleigh Gantt placing 14th, Lily Webster placing 13th, Savannah Byrd placing 11th, Sara Richardson placing 10th, Jadyn Clark placing 7th, and Kyra Worth placing 1st high individual.

Congratulations to all of these young ladies, and to Coaches Mary Dickerson and Ruthy Vorder Bruegge, on their exceptional performances, hard work, and great success this past weekend!

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