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4-H horse team brings home medals from Rock Springs
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JUNCTION CITY — The State 4-H Horse Panorama is held at Rock Springs Ranch and members participate in hippology contest, quiz bowl, demonstrations, public speaking, photography and educational posters. These activities enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science. 

The Barton County horse members competing at the 2019 State 4-H Horse Panorama were Talen Barry, Johnay Bauer, Kirsten and Kylee Miessler, Adessa Prosser, Savanna and Shaelyn Richmeier, Falyn Spangler and Regan Wetzel.  

In Senior Demonstration, Regan Wetzel was named champion and Kirsten Miessler was named Reserve Champion. In Intermediate Demonstration, Talen Barry was named Reserve Champion and Adessa Prosser placed third. 

In the Logo Contest, Savanna Richmeier was named the Reserve Champion. Kylee Miessler placed fourth in Horse photography. Shaelyn Richmeier received a top score on her Equine Diorama and was honored as People’s Choice.  

Hippology is a Greek word, with the word root “hippo” meaning horse and “ology” meaning the study of a topic. In senior hippology, Regan Wetzel placed 10th and Kirsten Miessler placed 12th. In open hippology, Falyn Spangler placed 18th.  Kylee, Savanna, Talen, Adessa and Johnay also participated in hippology.  

The Open Quiz Bowl is a contest with teams created from across the state combined to help each person learn to work with other horse project members. Adessa was on the 2nd place “Palominos” Open Quiz Bowl team. Johnay Bauer was on the 4th place open quiz bowl team. 

Barton County coach Deidre Moran prepared the team for the competition with meetings held every Sunday for the past few months. Wendy Prosser also assisted as coach and served as adult chaperone. 

4-H Horse members are involved in riding practice to prepare for horse shows later this spring. It is not too late to get involved in the 4-H program. However, all new members must be enrolled by Friday, March 1 to participate in the 4-H events at the Barton County Fair.  Call the  Extension Office, 793-1910, or visit for more information.