N. CLARENDON, Vt. – Clarendon Elementary School in North Clarendon was the place to be on March 1 as Rutland County 4-H club members showed off their amazing knowledge of horses.
Competitors at the annual Rutland County 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl ranged in age from 8 to 18 with 4-H Cloverbuds (ages 5 to 7) also welcome to participate although not eligible to compete for ribbons. University of Vermont Extension 4-H and Rutland County 4-H sponsored the annual event.
The contest consisted of several 20-question buzzer rounds and tie breakers as needed. Senior Division competitors took part in three rounds and those in the Junior and Novice Divisions, two rounds, responding to questions on horse care and health, anatomy, nutrition, breeds and colors, history of the horse, and other equine-related topics.
Placements in each division were as follows:
Seniors (14 and older): Eliza Bird, Benson (first); Alexia Diaz (second) and Alexa McLaughlin (third), both from Rutland; Breanna Johnson (fourth) and Emma Suker (fifth), both from Shrewsbury; Gennett Kerstetter, Ira (sixth); Heidi Kerns, Rutland Town (seventh)
Juniors (12-13): Emeillia Gomo, Chester (first); Emily Shields, Benson (second); Tayah Fuller Poultney (third); Olivia Williams, Center Rutland (fourth); Emily Flanders, Mount Holly (fifth); Ruthanne Carlson-Ponto, Castleton (sixth); Grace Trahnstrom, Mendon (seventh)
Juniors (10-11): Seanna Erickson, Florence (first); Abigail Frappier, Benson (second); Dominique Cave, Poultney (third); Amelia Barber, Clemmons, N.Y. (fourth); Carlie Erickson (fifth), Andrew Kellogg (sixth) and Dylan Kellogg (seventh), all from Rutland; Rose Ouimet, Castleton (eighth); Emily Buffum, Mount Holly (ninth)
Novice (8-9): Renee Trombley, Pittsford (first); Eliza Peer, Clarendon (second); Emmeline Barber, Clemmons, N.Y. (third); Olivia Bullock, Rutland (fourth)
Cloverbuds who participated in quiz bowl were Sylas Buffum, Mount Holly; Ariana Kuzma, Rutland town; and Jack Miglorie and Lucia Stubbins, both from Rutland.
To learn more about the 4-H horse program in Rutland County, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Kimberly Griffin at 802-773-3349, ext. 276, or firstname.lastname@example.org.