What’s in a word (hippology)? Horse knowledge

Several Ray County 4-H members competed in the Regional Horse Bowl Competition in February.
Teams compete at the regional level in order to qualify for the state competition, which will be held in Columbia in April.
The Horse Bowl doesn’t involve handing or caring for horses, but is a contest designed so the 4-H members can test their horse knowledge verbally.  Team members are asked questions about horses (i.e. horse events, breeds, reproduction, digestive tract, parasites, etc.), in a competition consists of two teams of four members each, a moderator, time keeper and judge.

Back, from left: Emily Henderson, Lyssa Green, Abbie Perry, Kaitlyn Zimmerman Front, from left:  Madalyn Mussey, and Sadie Vanhhooser. (Submitted photo)

Back, from left: Emily Henderson, Lyssa Green, Abbie Perry, Kaitlyn Zimmerman
Front, from left: Madalyn Mussey, and Sadie Vanhhooser. (Submitted photo)

Like a TV quiz show, the contestants use buzzers to show they think they know the answer after a moderator reads a question.  The first team to buzz in and answer the question correctly earns points.  After 28 questions, the team with the most points is deemed the winner.
There are three age groups for the competition: Junior Junior level, which is for ages 8-9; Junior level for ages 10-13; and Senior level for ages 14-19.  Following regionals, Ray County 4-H member Lyssa Green advanced to the state level, where she will compete with the Clinton County Junior Team.  Senior Ray team members who competed were Madalyn Mussey, Emily Henderson, Kaitlyn Zimmerman, Sadie Van Hooser and Abbie Perry.  The senior team placed third.
Hippology is the Greek word for horse knowledge.  Ray County 4-H will be competing in the state hippology contest in April.  It consists of five phases, including a Phase 1 written exam over general knowledge of the horse, horse care and management; Phase 2 consisting of 10 stations in which the contestant is shown a slide of different items (i.e. equine anatomy, horse tack, feeds and grains, reproductive system, digestive tract, etc.) that they must identify.  This phase is timed;  In Phase 3, the contestants are required to watch two videos of two different types of show classes and place the entries in 1st thru 4th places;  Phase 4 consists of the contestants being shown a picture of equine-related items and having to identify them;  Phase 5, the final one is a team problem.
Each team of four members is given a problem to solve and has 10 minutes to determine a plan in which to solve it.  The team then orally presents their solution to judge.
In addition to preparing for the state contest, team members held a fundraising pancake breakfast to offset the cost of travel, entry fees and uniforms.  It took place Saturday, March 8 at Good Times Restaurant in Excelsior Springs. The restaurant donated the use of its facility to help the team.
To learn more or to help support this group in its journey to state, contact Sherri Murray at (816) 838-9321 or any team member.

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