Area Youth Earn Medals at Quarter Horse Congress
Four area youth competed in the largest youth horse judging contest in the nation the All American Quarter Horse Congress, in Columbus, OH on Oct. 18th. Mackenzie Berkland of Ruthven; Faith Lutat of Estherville; Skyler Morphew of Bancroft; and Ariana Umscheid of Terril represented the Iowa Quarter Horse Association. They placed 10th as a team in the performance (riding) classes, ninth as a team in oral reasons, and ninth as a team overall out of the 34 teams (129 youth) in their division. Teams came to compete in this contest from all across the nation.
This contest requires contestants to place in correct order four horses in each of 12 different classes including three halter classes, trail, western riding, ranch riding, western horsemanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, hunter hack (jumping), reining and three different halter classes. Each class has its own set of criteria with different penalties and credits. Youth then defend their choices on 4 classes by giving oral reasons. Reasons are evaluated based on accuracy, relevancy, terminology, organization, and presentation.
Judging experiences contribute to the development of critical and logical thinking skills, self-confidence, communication and presentation skills.
This team of four will represent Iowa 4-H at the Western National Roundup competition held in conjunction with the Denver Stock Show in January.