Oregon 4-H horse team finishes third at national roundup

February 3, 2006

DENVER, Colo. – The Oregon 4-H team finished third overall at the recent National Western Roundup 4-H Horse Classic in Denver, Colo., and earned top finishes in several competitive events.

The Oregon contingent included 16 4-H horse club members from Linn, Washington, Benton, Jackson and Douglas counties, said Roberta Lundeberg, Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth program assistant. Accompanied by their volunteer coaches, the Oregon team participated in the national 4-H event with nearly two dozen other 4-H horse teams from western United States and Canada.

During the three-day roundup, Oregon team members tested their leadership skills and equine knowledge in several events including public speaking and presentation contests, and competitions such as the Horse Bowl program where small teams of participants take turns answering questions.

"The trip is a wonderful opportunity for team members to make new friends and experience greater personal growth," said Lundeberg.

Oregon team members are selected at the statewide Oregon 4-H Spring Horse Classic held annually in April. 4-H horse clubs from most of the state's 36 counties send representatives to compete in a series of contests that are similar to the competitive events offered at the national event.

"At both the state and national contests the emphasis is on learning and friendly competition," said Lundeberg. 4-H members qualifying for the national team finance their trip by conducting fund-raising activities and finding sponsors. Members of the 2006 Oregon 4-H Horse Club national team are:

  • Albany: Alysia Furman, Ashley Furman, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Hruby
  • Banks: Kelsii Dana
  • Corvallis: Emily Balkins, Sarah Ringold
  • Crawfordsville: Rebekah Joiner
  • Gaston: Ariel Wrobel
  • Hillsboro: Kelsey Prentice
  • Independence: Megan Walker
  • Medford: Laura Armstrong
  • North Plains: Andrea Rawson
  • Roseburg: Chantelle Henrikson, Michelle Martin, Vanessa Burns
  • Author: Bob Rost