Local youth participate in local 4-H Horse Communications event


Dozens of local youngsters participated in the annual Oneida County 4-H Horse Communications events on March 19 at the Municipal Commission in Boonville and April 2 at the Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office in Oriskany.

Participating youth presented a horse related topic, which they researched, to a panel of judges. The judges encourage youth to improve their communication skills as they listen, learn and offer constructive feedback.

Among the volunteers who evaluated participants on their speaking and presentation skills were Gary Roberts, Shawna Seelman, and Anne Levitt.

4-H youth compete at different levels based upon their age:

-Cloverbuds are between ages 5-7; they do not receive a formal evaluation like the older youth and their age-appropriate presentation consists mostly of a Show and Tell which will earn them a certificate and an “encouragement sticker;”

-Juniors are ages 8-13, and seniors are 14-18. Their age groups are recognized with certificates and earned points for either Blue, Red or White awards. Horse Communications participants may choose to do an individual presentation; public speech or team presentation, and are required to meet minimum and maximum time requirements.

The top two placing juniors and seniors who received a blue ribbon at the County Horse Communications will advance to the Regional Event on April 26. These top speakers will return to CCE Oneida County to compete against their peers from Herkimer, Onondaga, and Madison counties.

The following 4-H youth will represent Oneida County at the 3-B Regional Contest:

-Lanelle Vile, of Port Leyden, senior individual presentation “Hippotherapy vs. EAP;”

-Abigail Douglas, of Camden, senior individual presentation “Showmanship;”

-Ali Teel, of Barneveld, junior individual presentation “What to Look for When Purchasing a Horse;” and

-Raelinn Doxstader, of Remsen, junior individual presentation “Equine Dentistry.”


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