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Cobb County 4-H win first place at the State Hippology Contest


Members of Cobb County’s 4-H Senior teams won first place recently at the State Hippology Contest that was held in Athens. 

The Hippology contest incorporates the concepts of Horse Judging as a four-part competition that includes a written test, skill station, judging class and team problem solving set. Decision making, critical thinking and public speaking are key elements of both horse judging and hippology.

Savannah Bryant of Dominion Christian, Karma Kilfoyle of the Atlanta Girls School and Ansley Scheiblauer of North Cobb Christian made up the Cobb County winning Senior Hippology Team.  

The Cobb County Junior Team B also first placed in the state Hippology contest. Team members include Ellie Tanjuatco of King Springs Elementary, Maddie Tarnowski of Lost Mountain Middle and homeschool 4-H students Avery Henard and Phebe Burroughs-Thebault. The top overall state Hippology junior individual was Sarah Beth Hembree from Cobb Junior Team A.

Cobb Junior Team A placed third in the state. Team members include Summer Burroughs-Thebault, Sarah Beth Hembree and Emmalea Thompson, all homeschool 4-H students.

The Cobb Junior Horse judging team placed second in the state. Top team members include Sarah Beth Hembree, Summer Burroughs-Thebault, Phebe-Burroughs-Thebault and Maddie Tarnowski.

The Senior Hippology Team will represent Georgia at the Western National RoundUp in Denver, Colorado in 2024.

Faculty and staff from UGA, along with industry experts contribute to the curriculum used to train Horse Judging and Hippology contestants and help connect youth with pertinent applications of the skills they learn.

Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the premier youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches hundreds of thousands of people annually through UGA Extensionoffices and 4-H facilities.


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