The Johnson County 4-H senior hippology team recently captured the honor of representing Texas at the Western National 4-H Roundup Contest to be held in Denver.
The hippology contest is an accumulation of horse knowledge along with judging and speaking skills. The team’s members competed individually in four contests, including a slide show identification test, a stations test, a written exam and a horse-judging contest. They all participated in a team problem and oral presentation to two judges.
Team members that will represent Texas are Kristen Ringler, Ame Mitchell, Lydia Hogan and Wimberly Coder. Individual awards included first high-point individual overall - Hogan, second high-point individual overall - Mitchell and third high-point individual Ringler. Eight teams competed at the state level to earn this title.
The Johnson County team also hopes to compete in February at the San Antonio Livestock Show, which has announced it will host its first ever hippology contest.
“The girls have been studying throughout the summer for this contest and now will continue in hopes of winning a national contest,” a spokesman said, noting field trips to different places including TSC, Mann Ag, Texas Farrier Supply of Kennedale and McDaniel’s Saddlery of Alvarado helped members with educational presentations. The team was also given Texas western shirts from Mann Ag in Cleburne.
“The girls will be very proud to wear these to Denver to show off the great state of Texas,” the spokesman said.
Team members also expressed their appreciation to Texas Farrier Supply of Kennedale and McDaniel’s Saddlery of Alvarado for helping them to prepare, saying, “We truly appreciate all of your support and donations in helping us achieve our goal at the state level.”