2020 NC 4-H Virtual State Horse Judging Contest Winners

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Congratulations to all the youth that stepped out of their comfort zone and experienced something new and different in the form of our first-ever virtual horse judging contest. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigated this new platform! Contestants placed twelve classes (4 halter and 8 performance). In addition, each class had five multiple-choice questions that were answered in the form of a quiz. Junior Rookies submitted one set of written reasons on a halter class. Senior Rookies and Junior competitors wrote two sets of reasons, one halter and one performance class. Senior contestants wrote four sets of reasons on two halter and two performance classes. Reasons were scored by a panel of officials that consisted of former judging team members and coaches: Anna Ahlers, Laua Dickerson, John Falls, Bill Crouse, Julia Barrett, Kellianne Lunny, Taylor Jenkins, Alaina Cross, and Michaela Vick.
We were excited to offer the opportunity for our coaches to experience the contest! Coaches placed all twelve classes and also answered the quiz questions. The coach with the highest score in class placings was Karen Jones from Harnett County. The coach with the highest total score was Kate McAlinn from Johnston County.
The North Carolina 4-H Horse Program is thankful for the following sponsors that provided awards for this contest:
South Central District 4-H Horse Program
c/o Amanda Baucom
718 Baucom Deese Road
Monroe, NC 28110
North East District 4-H Horse Program
c/o Sandy Hall
1006 Eastern Ave #102
Nashville, NC 27856
We were also fortunate to have the assistance of the American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse, and the National Snaffle Bit Associations. These organizations provided classes and footage for our virtual contest.
Congratulations to our youth! Awards have been mailed out, and we would love to see pictures of the contestants with their awards once they receive them! Please tag us on Instagram and/or Facebook and include the hashtag: #NC4HVirtualHJ

2020 NC 4-H Virtual State Horse Judging Contest Results

Cloverbud Participants

Contestant County Coach
Sarah Dowell Stokes Jessica Dowell
Toot McCauley Cumberland Savannah Lindsey
Delaney Murnan Harnett Karen Jones

Junior Rookie Division Top 15

Rank Contestant County Coach Score
1 Bryleigh Colbert Nash Wanda Bunn 1111
2 Abbie Lowdermilk Rockingham Jessica McVey 1054
3 Halle Taylor Duplin Tara Taylor 1041
4 Ella Weaver Forsyth Kate Weaver 994
5 Nora Isbelle Duplin Connie Johnson 968
6 Olivia Riggins Cumberland Savannah Lindsey 932
7 Colton Irby Halifax Beth Burchell & Jodie Knight 920
8 Libby Durbin Cumberland Savannah Lindsey 903
9 Addison Shepherd Johnston Raegan Shepherd 891
10 Cassidy Conwell Halifax Beth Burchell & Jodie Knight 888
11 Mackenzie Hubbard Halifax Beth Burchell & Jodie Knight 881
12 Rylee Crocker Gaston Billie-Jo Waelz 870*
13 Graham Zeiders Halifax Beth Burchell & Jodie Knight 870*
14 Adilynne Doub Stokes Jessica Dowell 866
15 Shelby Taylor Union Samantha Taylor 838

*Ties broken on reasons score

Senior Rookie Division Top 15

Rank Contestant County Coach Score
1 Anna Ross Carmichael Wake Beth Morgan 1110
2 Emmy Fricker Lincoln Kellie Atkinson 1102
3 Carly Hayton Lincoln Kellie Atkinson 1084
4 Koltlyn Cotten Harnett Karen Jones 1077
5 Frances Donny Forsyth Kirsten Donny 1070
6 Lydia Wilson New Hanover Jill Wilson 1066
7 Anastasia Smith Orange Corey DeVore 1037
8 Ansley Horne Lincoln Kellie Atkinson 1026
9 Katelyn Dowell Stokes Jessica Dowell 1006
10 Jordyn Mirgoi Harnett Karen Jones 984
11 Logan Baldwin Rockingham Jessica McVey 977
12 Alison Gautier Stokes Jessica Dowell 929
13 Chelsea Conwell Halifax Beth Burchell & Jodie Knight 917
14 Ella Holsomback Granville Kim Holmes 898
15 Jadyn Clark Chatham Taylor Cloer 864

Junior Division Top 15

Rank Contestant County Coach Score
1 Hannah Mennig Nash Wanda Bunn 1124
2 Brooke Robinson Cabarrus Laura Harper 1115
3 Aurora Michaud Cabarrus Laura Harper 1113
4 Allee Coble Alamance Reagan Riddell 1089
5 Julie Schneider Gaston Billie-Jo Waelz 1043
6 Charlize Colon Union Samantha Taylor 1038
7 Madison Lower Cabarrus Laura Harper 1027
8 Chloe Mullinax Cabarrus Ashleigh Miller 1021
9 Allison Mares Rowan Maggie Boreman 1003
10 Saona Wilcox Alamance Reagan Riddell 999
11 Jodie Tolbert Perquimans Sarah Hupp 978
12 Rebekah Cieslak Cumberland Claudia McCauley 924
13 Claire Radler Cumberland Savannah Lindsay 903
14 Samantha Barr Alamance Reagan Riddell 860
15 Addison Taylor Union Samantha Taylor 848

Junior High Individual in Halter: Brooke Robinson, Cabarrus County

Junior High Individual in Performance: Hannah Mennig, Nash County

Junior High Individual in Reasons: Aurora Michaud, Cabarrus County

Senior Division Top 15

Rank Contestant County Coach Score
1 Abby Holsomback Granville Kim Holmes 1248*
2 Samantha Steer Gaston Billie-Jo Waelz 1248*
3 Abi Burgess Alamance Reagan Riddell 1215
4 Faith Waelz Gaston Billie-Jo Waelz 1211
5 Annie Winter Wake Beth Morgan 1204*
6 Abby Ragan Cabarrus Laura Harper 1204*
7 Elena Hamilton Union Samantha Taylor 1194
8 Kealy Reynolds Cabarrus Ashleigh Miller 1187*
9 Kelly Lewis Edgecombe Beth Lewis 1187*
10 Hannah Williams Union Samantha Taylor 1185*
11 Emily Mohr Cabarrus Laura Harper 1185*
12 Samantha Durham Chatham Taylor Cloer 1181
13 Kaylin Russell Perquimans Sarah Hupp 1175
14 Stevie Sharum Cumberland Savannah Lindsey 1157
15 Micah Ellington Harnett Karen Jones 1152

*Ties broken on total reasons score.

High Individual in Halter: Annie Winter, Wake County

High Individual in Performance: Samantha Steer, Gaston County

High Individual in Reasons: Abby Holsomback, Granville County