4-H youths test knowledge at State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest

  • Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest, April 10, drew 19 youths from across the state to the MU campus to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related topics.

Top junior competitors (ages 8-10 only)

  • First, Paige Harris, Callaway County.
  • Second, Edith Carson, Boone County.

Top junior competitors (ages 8-13)

  • First, Kaelynn Samuels, Boone County.
  • Second, Gracie Smith, Boone County.
  • Third, Harley Hook, Callaway County.

Top junior team

  • Boone County - Gracie Smith, Geena Curtis, Kaelynn Samuels and Madelyn Daly.

Top senior competitors (ages 14-18)

  • First, Alaina O’Dell, Jackson County.
  • Second, Bailey Spalding, Jackson County.
  • Third, Elizabeth Pruett, Jackson County.

Top senior team

  • Jackson County - Bailey Spalding, Elizabeth Pruett, Alaina O’Dell and Kelsa Kirk.

The Jackson County team will advance to represent Missouri in a national contest.

A majority of contest participants reported that their knowledge in areas such as equine confirmation, behavior, equipment, diseases, anatomy, terminology and characteristics improved as a result of participating in the event, said Maria Calvert, state 4-H agriculture and natural resources educator.

Major support for Missouri 4-H Agriculture and Natural Resources programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with Bass Pro Shops, Corteva Agriscience, Crader Distributing Co., FCS Financial, Missouri Association of Meat Processors, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Holstein Association, Eunice Campbell, and Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog, DVM.

About 4-H

More than 55,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu.


State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest top senior team (ages 14-18), representing Jackson County. From left, Bailey Spalding, Elizabeth Pruett, Alaina O’Dell, Kelsa Kirk and Dani Picard (coach).

Top senior competitors. From left, Bailey Spalding, Elizabeth Pruett and Alaina O’Dell.

Top junior competitors (ages 8-10 only). From left, Paige Harris and Edith Carson.

Top junior competitors (ages 8-13). From left, Harley Hook, Gracie Smith and Kaelynn Samuels.

Top junior team (ages 8-13), representing Boone County. From left, Gracie Smith, Geena Curtis, Kaelynn Samuels and Madelyn Daly.

Writer: Maria Calvert

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