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. 34 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 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, general horse equipment identification horse coat color and marking identification, and sorting tack as well as breeds into appropriate categories. Seniors also completed an exercise that asked them to identify the parts of the sole of a horse foot based on a photograph.
4-H members were scored and placed utilizing the Danish system which compared their score to a standard.
We’d like to congratulate Daisy Timney of the Heavenly Hooves Club for her performance in the contest!
- Senior (14-19 year olds)
Hannah Davis, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County ~Red
Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County ~Red
Zoe Probert, Sunset Branch 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Red
Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Red
Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County ~Red
Caroline Allen, Westville 4-H Club, Kent County ~Yellow
Edwin Noon, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow
Sophie Noon, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow
Ava Reilly, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow
Cate Reilly, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow
4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills. For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office: