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4-H youth shine in regional equine knowledge contest

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 9:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014 9:35 p.m. CDT

AURORA – Members of 4-H from DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties competed in several divisions of the Northeast Regional 4-H Hippology and Horse Bowl Competition on March 22 at Aurora Christian High School in Aurora.

The teams were vying for entrance to the state competition April 12 and 13 in Urbana. During the event, 4-H youth answered questions about equine anatomy and care, including diseases, genetics, parasites, feed, nutrition, behavior, breeds, equipment and the digestive, respiratory, skeletal, endocrine and circulatory systems.

“Hippology is an individual testing competition, and Horse Bowl is much like any team academic bowl contest,” said Deanna Roby, youth development educator with University of Illinois Extension in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties, in a news release. “The 4-H youth participating are all horse lovers, but some do not even own or ride horses. The teams are very dedicated. The youth study academic and science materials and gather regularly to practice.”

In Horse Bowl competitions, two teams compete at a time, and each tries to be the first to buzz in and answer correctly to score points. In the Hippology contest, individuals complete both a written test and visual stations to earn a combined score.

Overall, about 75 youth participated in the event, which took weeks to plan, Roby said.

“Without the time and efforts of our fantastic coordinating volunteers Deb Woznicki and Laura Yonglove of DuPage County, this event would not have been possible,” she said in the release. “We want to thank all our event volunteers, our teams and coaches and also Aurora Christian High School for allowing us use of their facilities.”

“Opportunities like this allow 4-H members to build critical life skills, including communication and cooperation,” Roby added. “We are very proud of the knowledge and teamwork our 4-H youth displayed at the regional event, and we wish them best of luck at the state event in April.”

To learn about 4-H in the community, contact the University of Illinois Extension, Grundy County Office at 815-942-2725. You also may stop by the office at 4004 N. Division St. in Morris between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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