LOUISVILLE, KY — On Saturday, Nov. 9, Dorchester County’s own Rachel Widmaier competed on the Maryland State 4-H Horse Judging Team at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup, held in Louisville, Ky. Widmaier, having come out on top in the state for 4-H youth in Horse Judging, was selected to be on the State team in July, and has been preparing for this contest with coach, Rebecca Gunderson, the Maryland State 4-H Equine Coordinator. The team went on to become 10th overall in the nation, also placing 7th in the conformation division, and 10th in the reasons division.

Missy Tucker, Dorchester County 4-H Agent, coached the State 4-H Hippology Team at the same national contest — an equine veterinary and management knowledge contest that is used in 4-H. The state team, comprised of youth from Calvert, Howard and Frederick County, completed the multi-faceted Hippology competition as 7th in the nation, along with ribboning in the different individual events of the competition.

Representatives with Dorchester 4-H said the organization is proud of both Tucker and Widmaier for their perspective roles within this national contest.

To learn more about these and other horse events, or if you have a child between the ages of 5 and 18 who loves horses, 4-H offers a great opportunity for them to learn more. No horse ownership or experience necessary.

The Dorchester County 4-H program is the youth development program of University of Maryland Extension. 4-H is open to any youth ages 5-18 as of Jan. 1 and is an equal access and equal opportunity program. For more information about 4-H call 410-228-8800 or email 4-H Agent Associate, Missy Tucker at metucker@umd.edu.

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