Missouri 4-H youths test knowledge at State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest
- Published: Monday, April 19, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 2021 University of Missouri Extension State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest gathered 19 youths and their coaches in late March and early April.
The contest consisted of an online qualifying exam in March; the top four teams in each age division advanced to the in-person portion in April.
Top junior competitors (ages 8-13):
First: Bailey Spalding, Jackson County.
Second: Elizabeth Pruett, Jackson County.
Third: Kelsa Kirk, Jackson County.
The top junior team represented Jackson County.
The top senior competitor (ages 14-18) was Natalie Samuels, Boone County. No senior teams competed in this year’s in-person contest.
Sponsors for the 2021 Missouri 4-H State Horse Bowl Contest include FCS Financial, Missouri Farm Bureau, Cynthia O’Bryan and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
A majority of Horse Bowl participants reported that competing in the event increased their knowledge in areas such as equine confirmation, behavior, equipment, diseases, anatomy, terminology and characteristics.
Ninety-three percent of youths said that as a result of their involvement in 4-H, they are seeking to learn more about agriculture, consider themselves advocates for the agriculture industry and are seeking a career in agriculture; 86% feel they are educated consumers of agricultural products and are comfortable sharing their knowledge of agriculture with others.
For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu.
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