State 4-H Horse Bowl Competition

The Delaware 4-H program recently held their annual State 4-H Horse Bowl.  Youth ages 8-19 participated in the equine knowledge-based quiz bowl competition held at Lake Forest North Elementary in Felton, Delaware.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsors the annual event.

4-H members competed on teams of up to four individuals and teams are divided into competition brackets based on age for the double elimination event.  4-H volunteer adult leaders coached young people in the months leading up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials.  42 Delaware 4-H volunteers assisted with the Horse Bowl event.  University of Delaware Animal Science Extension Agent Susan Garey said, “It’s really exciting to see so many young people who are interested in learning about equine science.  We sincerely appreciate the many volunteers who donated their time to help our youth learn in a positive, supportive environment.”

Official judges for the competition included Ms. Megan Pleasanton, Ms. Jamie Timson and Ms. Susan Garey.

The top three teams in each age division were:

Beginner (8-10 year olds)

1st Place– Prancing Ponies- East Coast Riding 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Claire Lopez, Tori Smith

Coaches: Jodie Gravenor, Heather Smith

2nd Place– Perfect Ponies- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members:  Zoe Poore, Stephanie Strachar

Coach:  Carrie Strachar

3rd Place- Camo & Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Delayna Barlow, Savannah Messick, Carly Rebuck, Ethan Stafford

Coaches: Kacie Messick, Shannon Stafford

Junior (11-13 year olds)

1st Place- Marvelous Mares- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sydni Brown, Sydney Messick

Coach: Traci Brown, Kacie Messick

2nd Place– East Coast Ghost Riders- East Coast Riding 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Logan Layfield, Anna Lopes, Tori Noon, Emma Sparpaglione

Coach: Billy Jo Layfield, Heather Records

3rd Place– Equinators 4.0- Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Cheyanne Bowman, Alexia Carroll, CJ Carroll, Paige Taylor

Coach: Melissa Layton, Heather Taylor

Senior (14-19 year olds)

1st Place– Team A- Holler-N Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sara Deason, Hayley Halloran

Coach: Dr. Sharon Little D.V.M., Hannah Ziccarelli

2nd Place– East Coast Buckin’ Beauties- East Coast Riding 4-H Club, Sussex County

Team Members: Rebecca Arpie, Katelyn Records, Garrett Smith

Coach: Jodie Gravenor, Cindy Ockels

3rd Place– Fantastic 4- Hearts 4 Horses 4-H Club, Kent County

Team Members: Sierra Kane, Courtney Spader, Danielle Urian

Coaches: Tina Kane, Jennifer Ridgely

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills.   For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

New Castle County: (302)831-8965

Kent County: (302)730-4000

Sussex County: (302)856-7303

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating.  Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914.  It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

STG 03/20/2017