The Delaware 4-H program held their statewide 4-H Hippology contest at the end of December. Normally held on site at an equine facility, the event was adapted and held virtually this year. Hippology meaning “study of the horse” is an activity that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. 44 youth ages 5-19 from across the state participated in the virtual competition. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsored the contest.
4-H members competed as individuals and as teams this year. The individual portion of the contest had competitors complete five different sections focused on multiple choice questions on equine management related topics, feed identification, identifying the parts of the horse, identifying tack parts, and sorting breeds and feed ingredients into appropriate categories.
4-H members were both scored and placed utilizing the Danish system which compared their score to a standard.
Here are the New Castle County member results:
Beginners (8-10 yrs old):
Paloma Jaramillo-Contreras, Holy Angels School 4-H Club, New Castle County~ Yellow
Seniors (14-19 yrs old):
Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County~ Yellow