Some 68 youth between the ages of 7 and 19 participated in the Chisholm Trail 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Marion County Fairgrounds Monday, June 27.
This was was the first such contest to be hosted in Marion County, according to Jamie Peters, one of the event organizers.
Contestants, grouped into three age divisions, judged four halter classes and three performance classes. The classes consisted of four horses; contestants were asked to rank the animals from 1 to 4. Contestants were then ranked on how well they placed the classes.
After the 4-Hers judged the horses the gave reasons why they placed specific classes the way the did. This oral presentation lasted about two minutes. The contestants were scored on this as well.
Winners in the 15-contestant beginners division were: first place, Emma Skinner, Sumner County; second place, Victoria Stang, Marion County; third place, Sami Shepard, Haskell County; fourth place, Tyler Wedel, Harvey County; and fifth place, Cara Martin, Marion County.
Winners among the 24 contestants in the intermediate division were: first place, Dylan Parks, Jackson County; second place, Gus Gesling, Haskell County; third place, Montana Bailey, Barber County; fourth place, Jeremiah Stang, Marion County; and fifth place, Lauren Geis, Marion County.
In the overall team competition, in the intermediate division, Jackson County placed first among the seven counties fielding teams. Barber County placed second, Marion County third, Labette County fourth and Haskell County fifth.
Winning the competition among 29 contestants in the senior division were: first place, Jacinda Hinkson, Chase County; second place, Valerie Dysart, Jackson County; third place, Chase Reed, Cowley County; fourth place, Kaitlyn Crow, Cowley County; and fifth place, Meg Drake, Cowley County.
In the team competition in the senior division, Cowley County took first place among 11 teams, followed by Jackson County, Morris County, Haskell County and Saline County.
All of the horses in the contest were donated by residents of Marion, Chase and McPherson counties: TJ Quarter Horses of Canton; Cottonwood Farm Miniature Horses of Marion; Pat Martin of Lehigh; Leann Thomas, Callie Peterson, Jessica West, all of Marion; Serena Pankratz of Hillsboro; and Melinda Hinkson of Matfield Green.
The Chisholm Trail contest was a “warmup” for the state competition held the following day in Manhattan.
In the beginners division, Marion County entrants Lisa Geis placed second, Cara Martin 17th, Victoria Stand 19th, Lauren McLinden 20th and Justin Peterson 27th.
In the intermediate division, Marion County contestants Lauren Geis placed second, Jeremiah Stand third and Bryce Roberts 24th.
No one from Marion County was entered in the senior division.