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Area 4-H Youth Earn Top Honors at Western National Roundup

By Staff | Jan 16, 2018

MACKENZIE?BERKLAND from Ruthven competed Jan. 4-7 in Denver, CO with her team.

Area youth competed in one of the two 4-H National Horse Judging Contests. Western National Roundup, in Denver, CO January 4-7, 2018. Mackenzie Berkland, Ruthven; Skyler Morphew, Bancroft; Ariana Umscheid, Terril and Madison Strief from Dubuque County, represented Iowa 4-H. They placed 5th as a team in the performance (riding) classes, 1st as a team in Oral Reasons, and first as a team overall. Teams came to compete in this contest from across the nation and Canada.

Team members also placed very well individually. Berkland was High Individual Overall, and received 1st place in Halter and Reasons and 3rd in Performance. Umscheid placed 3rd in Halter, 5th in Reasons and 8th place Overall. Morphew was 2nd in Halter and 8th in Reasons.

This contest requires contestants to place in correct order 4 horses in each of 10 different classes including 4 halter classes, western riding, western horsemanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, and reining. 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.

Much appreciation goes to the following local businesses and individuals whose support made participating in this trip possible: Ag Performance, Bancroft Implement, Bank Plus, Bob Boland Ford, Buchanan, Bibbler, Gabor and Meis, Central States Agency, Cornerstone Insurance, D & S Pork, Dietering Brothers, Ed’s Service, Emmet County 4-H Foundation, Fairchild Manufacturing, Farmers and Traders Savings Bank, George and Sandy Vaske, GKN

HARD?WORK?PAYS?OFF- four local youth competed at the 4-H National Horse Judging Contest in Denver, CO. They placed fifth as a team in performance, first as a team in oral reasons, and first as a team overall. Mackenzie Berkland (third from left) is a Palo Alto County native. --Submitted photos

Hager Foods, ILEC, Iowa State Bank, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, James and Helen Ricke, Jaycox Implement, Jeremy’s Welding, Ken’s Auto Repair, Kollash Repairs, Kossuth Friends of Kossuth Youth, Noble Medicine, North Iowa Lumber, North Kossuth Auto Supply, North Star Bank, Palo Alto County 4-H Foundation, Riverview Trucking, Rodney and Jodi Smith, S & R Auto, Shear Shack, Sibley Vet Clinic, Standard Nutrition, The State Bank, Tigges Chiropractic, VonEhwegen Seed.