2016-11-15 / Front Page

Putnam County judging team wins Championship

By Mark Evans, 4-H Youth Educator

Pictured from left: Lisa Pitts, Coach, Megan Arnold, Jessica Hays, Adie Clifford and Whitney Boswell (courtesy photo) Pictured from left: Lisa Pitts, Coach, Megan Arnold, Jessica Hays, Adie Clifford and Whitney Boswell (courtesy photo) On November 5th, the Putnam County 4-H Horse Judging Team won the National Championship at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky! The Putnam County team is made up of Megan Arnold, of Coatesville, Whitney Boswell, of Fillmore, Adie Clifford, of Cloverdale, and Jessica Hays, of Bainbridge. The team won the state contest in May of this year, and then traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to represent the state of Indiana in the Horse Judging competition at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup. The Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates. Leadership is developed at these events by encouraging decision-making and teamwork skills, critical thinking, and independence.

Twenty-three teams from around the country competed in this year’s contest in Louisville. Contestants judged a wide variety of classes in both halter (for conformation) and performance (riding). Following the judging of live classes, contestants gave reasons (oral defense of their placings) on four classes. Awards were given to the top ten individuals and top five teams in the following divisions: Halter (conformation), Performance and Reasons as well as overall scores.

The team represented Putnam County and the state of Indiana quite well, across every division, bringing home numerous team and individual awards.

In the Halter Division, Adie placed 7th, Megan placed 6th and Whitney placed 3rd with the team earning a 1st place win. In the Performance Division, Jessica placed 3th and Adie placed 3rd with the team earning a 2nd place finish. In the Reasons Division, Adie earned 10th, Jessica placed 9th, Megan came in 8th and Whitney placed 6th, earning a team placing of 3rd.

Overall, their cumulative scores earned individual placings for Whitney in 9th, Megan 6th and Adie in 3rd.

At the end of the day, the team was euphoric to bring home the National Championship for the state of Indiana, something that has not been accomplished since 1983.

“I could not be more proud of their accomplishment”, said Team Coach, Lisa Pitts, of Greencastle. “Not only for the Championship and the awards they have brought home, but for the hard work, dedication and leadership they have shown along the way. This is an outstanding group of young ladies, and it has truly been my honor to work with them and watch them grow.”

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