County 4-H horse members participate in Horse Quiz Bowl

JAMESTOWN – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County ex-tends its congratulations to the Chautauqua County Horse Bowl team members who recently participated in the 2013 Regional 4-H Quiz Bowl Contest held in Cattaraugus County.

The primary objective of the Horse Bowl contest is to provide an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. It is also hoped that these contests will provide educational experiences for both participants and spectators. The youth of Chautauqua County have been practicing and researching for several months in preparation for the recent event. Youth from Allegany, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, and Wyoming counties competed in this event that tests 4-H youth on their knowledge of the equine industry.

Chautauqua County youth Horse Bowl teams excelled at the regionals in Olean. The Senior Team members, Kendra Hockran (Fluvanna Farmyard Friends), Ashley Crandall (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), Rachel McCarthy (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), and Carissa Peterson (Fluvanna Farmyard Friends), won first place as a team. Individual scores resulted in Hockran, fourth; Crandall, third, and McCarthy, first. Coach Fran Hockran and Assistance Coach Jennifer Dahlgren will be traveling with the senior team to the State Competition at Cornell University in April.

The Chautauqua County 4-H Junior Horse Bowl Team, Montana Pope (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), Cassidy Logan (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), Gracie Morrison (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), and Samantha Powell (independent member, Falconer) won second place at regional competition. Individually, Pope finished sixth; Powell, fourth; and Morrison and Logan tied for third. Coach Linda Morrison will travel with the juniors to the State Horse Bowl Competition in April.

The Chautauqua County 4-H novice horse participants, Mikayla Reynolds (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), Karli Gifford (Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders), Amari Arandules (Fluvanna Farm-yard Friends), won first place at regional competition. Individually, Gifford finished eighth, Arandules won third and Reynolds placed first.

“I am so proud of the teams,” Horse Bowl Coach Fran Hockran said. “Chautauqua County did a super job today. They are a great bunch of kids.”

For more information about the 4-H Program or to find out how to become involved in Chautauqua County 4-H, call the 4-H Office at 664-9502, Ext. 214.

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