Eight Lincoln County 4-H’ers competed in the Southern Regionals 4-H Horse Championship, held from July 30 to Aug. 4 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga.

The Hippology team placed eighth overall, and the Horse Judging team placed seventh overall out of 13 southern states.

Hippology is a competition that tests the horse knowledge of 4-H’ers. They are given a written exam, identification slides, team problems and judge four horse show classes. Scores are tabulated, and awards are given for both high-scoring individuals and teams.

The Lincoln County group placed first in the judging portion of the hippology contest and eighth overall.

The Horse Judging competition requires placing eight different classes and giving oral reasons for four of those classes. Oral reasons are one- to two-minute oral presentations made by the contestant to an official that justifies how they placed the class.

The Lincoln County group placed fifth in both halter and performance divisions and seventh overall.

Lincoln County also had four competitors in the riding classes at Southern Regionals. Brooke Biles placed tenth in Ranch Trail, Carrie Brigham placed eighth in Working Cow Horse and Mahayla Goedde scored high enough to earn sixth place in Ranch Riding. Ryleigh Dunn also competed in speed events with nearly 100 riders from 13 different states and ended up just short of the finals.

The teams extended special thanks to Karen Harnden, Joy Brigham, Matt and Tonya Stephens, Dr. Doyle Meadows and the MTSU Horse Science Department for helping prepare the group for competition.

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