Local 4-H Youths Help Ocean County Team Fare Well at State Horse Judging Competition

By DAVID BIGGY | Apr 24, 2019
Courtesy of: Kym Chenoweth The senior and junior teams representing Ocean County at the annual New Jersey 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contest placed well among the best in the state earlier this month. From left are Trudy Brennan, Lacey Jernstedt, Nora Hansen, Alex Morgan, Grace Leavitt, Kyra Huebner, Liana Trebour and Riley Chenoweth-Hafner.

Surf City — Every year, youth groups from 12 counties throughout the state gather and compete in the New Jersey 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contest as a means of strengthening their skills in various aspects of equine anatomy and health as well as equipment necessary to care for horses. This year it was held on April 6 and 7 in Gloucester County, and both the Ocean County senior and juniors teams fared very well, swiping the top spot in horse judging while another junior group grabbed second place. The eight-individual group was comprised of participants, ages 13-17, from Manahawkin, Little Egg Harbor, West Creek, Barnegat and Jackson.

The senior team included Southern Regional students Trudy Brennan and Riley Chenoweth-Hafner and Pinelands Regional student Liana Trebour, while the junior crew included Brackman Middle School student Nora Hansen and Southern Middle School students Kyra Huebner, Lacey Jernstedt and Grace Leavitt, as well as Alex Morgan, a St. Aloysius School student.

Individually, Ocean County’s juniors were strong in the horse judging competition, as Jernstedt took first place overall while Huebner grabbed second, Hansen snagged third and Leavitt swiped fourth. Overall for the seniors, Trebour and Chenoweth-Hafner finished first and second, respectively. In the hippology portion of the competition, Trebour placed ninth overall, and the juniors were led by Hansen’s fourth-place finish and Huebner’s fifth-place finish.

As a team in horse judging, Jernstedt, Leavitt and Morgan combined for first place and Hansen and Huebner were behind them in second, as Huebner won individual halter and Jernstedt scored the top spot in individual performance. The three seniors combined for first place in horse judging as well, with Chenoweth-Hafner swiping the top spot in individual performance.

The hipppology competition consists of four phases – examination, station, judging and team problems. Atlantic, Burlington, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties also were represented.

The Ocean County teams are coached by Gail Mastromonaco and Claudia Morgan, and they meet every Tuesday on a rotating basis between the Ocean Acres Community Center in Manahawkin and the 4-H building in Toms River.

David Biggy


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