4-H horse judgers place at National Western

Courtesy/Torrington Telegram Jesse Garson, Kendall Haas, Cora Frederick, Dally Wilkins, Kylie Carson and 4-H Volunteer Coach Mercedes Powers earned Reserve Champion Horse Judging Team at the Western National Round-Up contest in Denver.

GOSHEN COUNTY – Local 4-H members, Kylie Carson, Cora Frederick, Kendall Haas and Dally Wilkins earned Reserve Champion in the Western National 4-H Round-Up Horse Judging Contest held during the National Western Stock Show in Denver. This award-winning team is coached by 4-H volunteers, Mercedes Glenn and Terra Ocshner. 

The team earned the chance to compete by winning second place at the Wyoming 4-H Horse Judging Contest in June. In preparation for this national contest the team has conducted weekly practices since winning the state contest.  

Goshen County’s own competed against 14 states in judging ten classes and delivering four sets of oral reasons. Classes included four halter classes, including Clydesdale Geldings, and five performance classes including Ranch Riding, Western Pleasure, Reining, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation.

Contestants then provided well-articulated defenses for their placement of four different classes. Known as providing oral reasons, youth needed to organize their thoughts and speak publicly in a structured environment.

Scores from all classes and reasons are totaled to determine team scores. Participants are eligible for individual recognition as well as team awards. 

In Halter classes, Cora Frederick placed sixth and Dally Wilkins earned eighth place. Kendall Haas earned 10th.  These individual scores were enough to place the team 2nd Overall Team in Halter placings.

In Performance classes, Frederick led her team with a second-place finish, while Haas earned sixth place, all on the way to a second-place overall finish for the team in the division. 

Leading the nation in Oral Reasons, Frederick earned first place while Haas earned third place. The team won first place in Reasons.  

Frederick earned Second High Individual for total scores while Haas earned fifth-place overall. The Wyoming finished just three points away from the Champion title.  

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