Team members Nikita Christensen, Abbey Pizel, Emily Pizel and Jordyn Neely were was honored to compete at the Western 4-H Roundup representing Colorado 4-H at the National Contest.
Hippology is a contest of knowledge of the horse and the equine industry. In preparing and presenting four team problems, the team of four worked together to prepare and present solutions to judges. They also competed in a written test, slide and station identification phase, and performance and halter horse judging.
While studying and practicing for the State and National contests they developed self-confidence, poise and a sense of pride. The hippology contest requires an in-depth study of nutrition, anatomy and physiology, training, tack, parasites, and equine veterinary practices and procedures.
The Colorado Team from Rio Grande County was the 8th place Overall Team. As a team, they placed fifth in the Team Problem, sixth in Judging, and ninth in the Examination Phase. As an individual, Jordyn Neely placed fourth in Judging, sixth in the Examination Phase and was the seventh High Overall Individual.
According to the team, the contest was a motivator to learn a wealth of information while developing leadership skills and socializing with over 900 other 4-H members from all over the nation.