Horsekateers Excel at 2022 NC State 4-H Horse Judging Contest

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Horsekateers at Judging Contest

Chatham County Horsekateers 4-H Club Members at 2022 NC State 4-H Horse Judging Contest. Pictured from left to right: Ruth Vorder Bruegge (Coach), Laura Dickerson (Coach), Jadyn Clark, Kyra Worth, Sara Richardson, Hannah Williams, Samantha Durham, Gracie Burgess, Lily Webster, Mary Dickerson (Coach).

Members of the Chatham County Horsekateers 4-H Club attended the 2022 NC State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contests on April 9th at Martin Community College, where 131 4-H’ers competed in the Senior, Senior Rookie, Junior, Junior Rookie, and Cloverbud divisions. Contestants placed four halter and nine performance classes, with Chatham County Horsekateers competing in Senior Individuals, Senior Rookies, and a Senior Team, which placed first in every competitive division. Congratulations to the following 4-H members for their exceptional work:

Senior Individuals

Hannah Williams – 1st Overall 

Samantha Durham – 2nd Overall

Kyra Worth – 6th in Reasons, 7th in Halter 

Sara Richardson – 8th in Reasons, 9th in Performance

Gracie Burgess

Senior Rookies

Lily Webster – 2nd Overall

Jadyn Clark – 6th Overall

Senior Team – Overall Champions

Samantha Durham 

Sara Richardson 

Hannah Williams

Kyra Worth

The Horse Judging Contest is designed to teach participants good conformation (structural correctness, balance, and muscling), breed character, and performance ideals in different breeds of horses. Additionally, the Horse Judging contest allows participants to learn how to evaluate horses based on knowledge and fact, make a decision, and defend it. The contest also teaches participants horsemanship terms that can be used in a logical, systematic way to defend placings and helps participants gain confidence in their ability and use of the English language by giving oral reasons to a judge while learning to speak clearly, decisively, and convincingly through the use of oral reasons. Overall, Horse Judging incorporates a young person’s passion for horses into learning valuable life skills, like careful reasoning, confidence in conviction, and astute observation.

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

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination and harassment regardless of age, color, disability, family and marital status, genetic information, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual identity (including pregnancy), and veteran status. NC State, N.C. A&T, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919.542.8202,, or in person at the County Extension Office at least 30 days prior to the event.