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N.D. Youth Compete in National 4-H Horse Judging Contest

North Dakota 4-H’ers place in a national horse judging competition.

A North Dakota 4-H team ranked ninth in oral reasons, 10th in halter classes, 14th in performance classes and 13th overall in the recent National 4-H Horse Judging Contest.

The team consisted of 4-H members from McKenzie and Benson counties.

The contest was held Jan. 10 at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. Results and awards for the nationally known contest were announced at the contest awards breakfast Jan. 11.

North Dakota 4-H team members receiving individual placings were:

  • Mike Pacheco, son of Kris Pacheco, Watford City - 16th in oral reasons, 26th in halter classes, 43rd in performance classes and 37th overall
  • Kristine Keller, daughter of Ron and Tamara Keller, Esmond - 24th in oral reasons, 56th in halter classes, 30th in performance classes and 48th overall
  • Hayes Feilmeier, son of Lonnie and Marcy Feilmeier, Watford City - 49th in oral reasons, 31st in halter classes, 50th in performance classes and 41st overall
  • Janna Rice, daughter of John and Barb Rice, Maddock - 34th in oral reasons, 28th in halter classes, 36th in performance classes and 32nd overall

“The National 4-H Horse Judging Contest has become one of the nation’s most challenging competitions for horse industry youth, attracting young people from throughout the U.S. each year,” says Dale Naze, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agent in McKenzie County. “A highly competitive event for young people ages 14 to 18, the contest provides participants with an opportunity to develop life skills in evaluation, decision making, communication, self-discipline and responsibility at a level unachievable in a local setting.”

NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source:Dale Naze, (701) 444-3451, dale.naze@ndsu.edu
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391, ellen.crawford@ndsu.edu
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