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Dickey County Hippology

Aimee Ellinger, 4-H/Youth Development and FCW Agent

HippologyHippology is a contest that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term "Hippology" comes from the Greek "hippo", meaning horse, and "ology", meaning "the study of".

Participants in the hippology demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in horse judging, quiz bowl, speeches, and practical horse management. Phases of the contest include a written exam, judging, ID stations including feedstuffs, and team problems. Hippology is a great opportunity for all youth to learn about horses. There is no requirement to show horses or own a horse, all youth are welcomed.  

The Dickey County Hippology 4-H team has had a great season so far! The team consists of 8 4-H members spanning across Dickey and LaMoure Counties. The team has participated in three contest so far this season and have brought home some impressive hardware. The team placed 3rd at the Stutsman quiz bowl competition with Maddi Anliker placing 3rd as high individual. They competed in 7 rounds out of 9. The team competed at the Southeast Judging Classic in Lisbon where the team placed 3rd as intermediates. Recently the team competed at the Forman contest on March 3rd, the junior team placed 2nd in hippology and quiz bowl. In the junior quiz bowl individual, Shelby Miller placed 2nd, Elli Lloyd placed 3rd, Kaia Heimbuch placed 4th, and McKenzie Haag tied for 5th.  The intermediate team placed 4th in Hippology contest.

The team has a few more contest left this season including the State Hippology contest in Fargo on April 7th. The team will compete in hippology, judging, quiz bowl and demonstrations at the state contest. Dickey County will also host a hippology contest and quiz bowl contest on March 24th in Oakes. This is the first year for the quiz bowl contest at Oakes and the event will be ran by Dickey County 4-H.

The team will be hosting a fundraiser dinner on March 25th from 12:30-2:00 at the America Legion in Ellendale to help raise funds for the Oakes Hippology and quiz bowl contest and to help with travel to state. The dinner will consist of pork roast, scalloped potatoes, corn, buns and bars. Free-will donations are accepted for the meal. Mark your calendars for March 25TH and come out for dinner with the members of the Dickey County Horse Hippology Team.

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