TAVARES — Members of Lake County 4-H made history this spring, winning first place in all three state level equine events.
Eight Lake County teens competed against teams from throughout Florida at the 4-H State Hippology Contest in March, the State Horse Judging Contest in April, and the State Horse Bowl Contest in June.
“To do well at any one of these contests is an honor, to win all three is unheard of,” said their coach, UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County Livestock Agent Megan Brew. “The team has been working together since the early fall to hone their knowledge of equine science and to perfect their decision making and public speaking skills. Their success at the state level has earned them the right to represent the state of Florida at the Regional Competition this July in Perry, Georgia and at the National Competition this November in Louisville, Kentucky.”
The Hippology Team was comprised of Jane Thomas, 16, Eustis; Logan Daniels, 16, Cassia; Morgan Swann, 16, Clermont; and Morgan Skrabalak, 17, Groveland. The Horse Judging Team was represented by Morgan Swann, 16, Clermont; Morgan Skrabalak, 17, Groveland; Callie Williams, 17, Eustis; and Aviles Champion, 16, Eustis. Horse Bowl team members included Jane Thomas, 16, Eustis; Logan Daniels, 16, Cassia; Stephanie Walters, 15, Mount Dora; and Oceanna Deaton, 16, Eustis.
For more information on these teams, how you can become involved in supporting them, or about 4-H in general, contact the Lake County 4-H office at 352-343-4101.
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