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N.D. 4-H’ers Place in National Competition

North Dakota 4-H teams place at the Western National Roundup conference in Denver.

Several North Dakota 4-H members brought home awards from the 88th annual Western National Roundup conference in Denver.

They were with 4-H teams from Benson, Billings, McKenzie, Oliver, Stark and Williams counties.

Benson County’s hippology team placed fourth in horse judging, ninth in stations competition, 10th in the written exam and seventh overall in the conference’s National 4-H Horse Classic hippology competition. Hippology is the study of the horse and horse-related topics.

Team member Janna Rice took second place in stations and third in the written exam. She placed third overall in individual competition. Another Benson County team member, Sharisa Yri, placed 10th in horse judging. Kristine Keller also was a member of the team.

Vance Nygard, a member of the McKenzie-Williams consumer choices team, tied for fifth place in the reasons category of the conference’s consumer decision making contest. Schatzi Jore also was a member of the team.

Oliver County’s horse judging team placed eighth in performance, 10th in the reasons category and 11th overall in the National 4-H Horse Classic’s horse judging contest. Team member Mikael Schmidt placed 11th in performance and seventh overall.

Kimberly Klein and Kayla Klein also were members of the Oliver County team.

The Stark-Billings livestock judging team tied for first place in goat judging and placed fourth in beef cattle judging in the conference’s livestock judging competition.

Two team members also placed in individual beef judging competition: Laura Steffan, seventh, and Jake Baumgarten, 10th. April Baumgarten also was a team member.

Competition at the Western National Roundup is open to 4-H and FFA members between ages 14 and 19 who qualify for the conference by winning their state’s contest or being chosen as a state delegate.

In addition to horse and livestock judging, hippology and consumer decision making, contestants compete in public speaking, parliamentary procedure, family and consumer sciences events, horse demonstrations and meats judging. Conference participants also attend workshops that expose them to topics such as global positioning system training and leadership development.

This year’s conference was Jan. 9-13. More than 800 youth from 30 states and Alberta, Canada, participated.

NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source:Kurt Froelich, (701) 456-7665, kurt.froelich@ndsu.edu (Stark-Billings counties)
Source:Scott Knoke, (701) 473-5363, scott.knoke@ndsu.edu (Benson County)
Source:Samantha Roth, (701) 577-4589, samantha.e.roth@ndsu.edu (Williams County)
Source:Rick Schmidt, (701) 794-8748, rick.schmidt@ndsu.edu (Oliver County)
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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