N.J. and N.Y. 4-Hers Prove Their Mettle On The National Stage

Hippology Team Judging, top team is New Jersey. From the left are Anthony M. Leone, Erin Moran, Rebecca Merriken, Erin Drake. Credits: Provided
Champion Communications Team is New Jersey. In the back row are Coaches Erin Sharp and Mary Howard. Team members are from the left, Kara Johnson, Mannetta L. McAvaddy and Erica Worek, Brittany Smith. Credits: Provided
Horse Bowl Top 10 Individuals include, Kendra Davis, of New York (back left) and Maureen Pierce, of New York (back row center). Credits: Provided
Scott Anderson Credits: Provided

New Jersey took home the team award in the communications contest at the 2017 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup. Both New Jersey and New York took home ribbons in each of the events which put a 4-H member’s equine knowledge to the test.

Contests are held in speaking, horse judging and hippology.

The communications contest was comprised of public speaking, individual and team presentations. New Jersey placed in the top 10 in each category with Kara Johnson, placing fourth; Brittany Smith, fifth and Mannetta L. McAvaddy and Erica Worek, ninth.

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In the horse judging contest, members judge several classes of horse in-hand as well as in various performance classes. They are scored according to how closely they agree with the official judges who watch the classes simultaneously. Members also have to present their reasoning for placing the classes orally, without notes.

The hippology contest has tests the members’ knowledge several different ways — via written exams, answering questions in response to viewing a photo and identifying items at stations. Teams are also given a topic or problem to solve. The team has a few minutes to discuss the issue and then give a short presentation. There is also a horse judging phase.

Scott Anderson, a long-time 4-H leader in Sussex County until he retired to South Carolina was honored for his service to the 4-H Roundup.

Anderson was a club leader from 1988 to 2003. He first attended the Eastern National 4-H Round Up with his daughter, Krista in 1996. He has been there in some capacity every year, except one since. Her served as a chaperone for the New Jersey team, when Krista and her sister Megan competed. He then judged the Public Speaking contest, before joining the Management Committee as co-superintendent for the Team Demonstrations.

During hs tenure in New Jersey he was a delegate to the state 4-H Horse Project Advisory Council, which he chaired xfor four years. He also served as a board and executive board member for the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show/New Jersey State Fair for a number of years.

2017 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Official Results Local Members


Top 10 Individual Written

4. Anthony M. Leone, New Jersey

7. Carissa Hilsher, New York

Top 10 Teams Written

6. New York

8. New Jersey

Top 10 Judging Individuals

3. Rebecca C Merriken, New Jersey

6. Anthony M. Leone, New Jersey

Top 10 Teams Judging

1. New Jersey

Top 10 Stations Teams

7. New York

Top 10 Team Problems

4. New Jersey

10. New York

Top 10 Teams Overall

7. New Jersey

8. New York

Public Speaking Contest

4. Saving an American Symbol by Kara Johnson, New Jersey

6. War Donkey by Anne Born, New York

Individual Presentation Contest

5. Down to the Wire by Brittany Smith, New Jersey

Team Presentation Contest

9. ID Please by Mannetta L. McAvaddy and Erica Worek. New Jersey

10. Equine Versatility by Ashley Randall and Katie Widmer, New York

Horse Bowl

Top 10 Teams

5. New Jersey

Top Ten Individuals

6. Kendra Davis, New York

8. Maureen Pierce, New York

Horse Judging Contest


2. Alexis Grogan, New Jersey

High Team Conformation

3. New Jersey

Team Performance

9. New York

Individual Reasons

10. Rachel Snider, New York

Team Reasons

7. New York

10. New Jersey

Team Overall

8. New York

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