As everyone knows the weather has been awesome. Who could ask for more perfect elements? On Saturday the 24th of March another awesome event was taking place in Kewanee. Nine teams of Juniors, five teams of Seniors, and one Jr.Jr. team competed in the Southern Northwest region Horse bowl and Hippology competition. Nine girls from ages 10 to 13 competed for Mercer county Junior Division and two teams were formed; Stevie Engle - Trailblazers, Brandi Welch - Kimel, Autumn Bell - Saddle Teens, Becca VanVooren, Laura Columbia and Annika Seidel - Hamlet Handy Helpers, and Ann Weber, Aislynn Fox and Maddie Williams - Country Kids.
Nine teams competed in double elimination until four teams remained and these four teams advanced to a round robin. Mercer County Junior team A advanced to the round robin and ended the competition in fourth place. Stevie Engle of Trail Blazers placed fourth individually in Horse Bowl and sixth in Hippology and will advance to the state contest in Intermediate Hippology. Ann Weber of Country Kids placed eighth in Junior Horse Judging. Maddie Williams of Country Kids placed fourth in Junior Horse Judging. Annika Seidal of Hamlet Handy Helpers placed third in Junior Horse Judging. Laura Columbia of Hamlet Handy Helpers placed first in Oral Question and fifth individually in Junior Hippology and will advance to the state contest. Aislynn Fox of Country Kids placed third in Oral Question and Autumn Bell of Saddle Teens placed fourth in Oral Question. Junior teams are coached by Kirby McLaughlin and Tracy Engle.
Good luck to Laura Columbia and Stevie Engle who will be competing at State on April 14 in Champaign.
A sincere thanks to the parents of these girls for all of their support. The day was long and a good time was had by all. The kids enjoyed the competition and everyone commented about looking forward to next year's competition.
?If any 4-H youth individuals are interested in becoming involved in Horse Bowl and Hippology please contact Tracy Pestle at Illinois Extension office 309-582-5106.