Illinois 4-H’ers Participate At National Horse Contests
2013 State 4-H Horse Judging Team Reserve Champions at Quarter Horse Congress, left to right: Mary Francque (Dixon), Danielle Neisendorf (Genoa), Marissa Chapa (Maple Park), and Hana Murphy (Monroe City, along with coach Paul Rogers.
By Debra J. Hagstrom, M.S., Extension Specialist, Horse
The Illinois 4-H Horse Project state winners in Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Speech continued to display their knowledge of equine subject matter by earning recognition in two National Contests. The Illinois 4-H’ers competed at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH on October 15-16, 2013 and at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup on November 9, 2013 as part of the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 2013 Illinois State 4-H Horse Judging team hauled home a huge amount of Congress hardware. Danielle Neisendorf (of Genoa) took the reserve champion medallion in Halter individual results whereas Hana Murphy was a mere two points out of the top ten ranking for Halter. The girls received third in Halter Team results. In the performance division, Hana rounded out the top ten with the team placing sixth, a slim two points behind the team in fifth. The Illinois team excelled in reasons with Danielle claiming the reserve champion red ribbon only two points out of the blue, while Hana took fourth a tight three points behind Danielle. Marissa Chapa (of Maple Park) talked herself to within two points of the top ten. As a result the four girls took the champion medallions as a team in reasons. In overall results, Danielle came home with the reserve champion individual title failing only four points shy of the winner. A mere one point behind Danielle, Hana took third place individual overall. A slim two points out of the top spot the team earned the title of 2013 Congress Reserve Champions. At Nationals, in the halter division Hana finished tenth. Tied for second is where Danielle found herself in performance with Hana falling one point shy of tenth. The team came away with white ribbons in both halter and performance team results. Talking reasons earned Danielle third place just one point short of first, while Hana placed ninth. As a team the girls talked their way into third in the reasons division. Overall results computed to Danielle in fifth place and Hana tied for seventh. Overall team results landed the girls in fourth place.
Representing Carroll County on the team was 4-H’er Mary Francque, a member of the Milledgeville Hotshots 4-H Club.
Chadwick Achievers had a meeting on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013. We had a pizza party with pizza, drinks and treats. We also played bingo and had lots of fun. Instead of doing a gift exchange this year, each family donated $5 for Heartland Pet Welfare. The total that we came up with was $70. We also donated pet toys and laundry detergent. The 4-H ski trip will be on Sunday, January 19th, 2014. Shown are members of the Chadwick Achievers 4-H club with the items they are donating to Heartland Pet Welfare.
(Photo by Rachel Scidmore, Chadwick Achievers 4-H Club Reporter)
Savanna Smiles 4-H Club Holds Meeting
By Adam Rath, Savanna Smiles 4-H Club Reporter
The Savanna Smiles 4-H club held their monthly meeting on Sunday, November 10, 2013 after the Achievement Program at the Extension Office Meeting Room in Mount Carroll. Old business was the election of officers: President; Kylie Beaston; Vice-President; Samantha Law; Secretary; Katie Hoffman; Treasurer; Glenn Hoffman; Reporter; Adam Rath; Historian; Elizabeth Rath; Recreation; Saphire Harris; Andrew Law; Federation Delegates; Katie Hoffman; Saphire Harris.
Wreath Sales – wreaths will be delivered to the Extension Office meeting room on Tuesday, November 19th around 5:00 p.m. Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting in Lanark with the Lightning Bugs, they enjoyed showing us their Halloween Decorations and playing Bingo. They would like us to come over for a movie night some time.
Thank you to the Rice’s for the Garden project.
New business The Savanna Mapping wants us to help with the community wide cleanup the week of November 16th through the 22nd. The club voted to donate to the Kids Fund and to several needy families by providing a Holiday meal for the holiday time. The club voted on doing the Festival of Trees in Savanna at the Historical Building. The club voted on helping the Carroll County Humane Society with their raffle tickets. There were no talks or demonstrations.
The next 4-H meeting will be held on December 8th at 2:30 p.m. at the Community Church in Savanna with an ornament exchange and Christmas Party. Everyone is to bring a snack to share. All youth are welcome to attend and see what 4-H is all about. If you have any questions, you can contact the Extension Office at 815-244-9444.