South Dakota: 4-H horse judging team places 11th at Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Judging | TSLN.com

South Dakota: 4-H horse judging team places 11th at Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Judging

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota 4-H horse judging team placed 11th overall in the Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Judging Contest held at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

The South Dakota 4-H horse judging team included Sarah Bebo, daughter of Scott and Rachelle Bebo of Redfield; Tarin Hupp, daughter of William (Bill) and LaDonna Hupp of Huron; and Cheyenne and Taylor Leonhardt, daughters of Terry and Cindy Leonhardt of Groton. These 4-H’ers earned the right to represent South Dakota at the national contest because they finished as the top four individuals at the South Dakota State 4-H Horse Judging Contest.

The team took 11th place among 15 teams. The team placed fourth in total halter, fifth in halter placings, fifth in halter reasons, seventh in overall reasons, and ninth in performance reasons. Individually, in a field of 56 competitors, Sarah Bebo finished 12th in the high individual scoring, seventh in total performance classes, seventh in individual performance placings, and 10th in halter reasons. Taylor Leonhardt was second in individual halter placings and fifth in total halter scores. Tarin Hupp finished sixth in individual halter placings and eighth in total halter scores.

Kristen Gonsoir, a 4-H horse volunteer, served as the South Dakota team’s coach. They competed Jan. 6-9.

The Western National 4-H Roundup Horse Judging Contest, in conjunction with the Horse Classic, is a highly competitive and educational experience for youth, attracting top 4-H horse judges from across the U.S. each year. Young people of ages 14-18 compete in this event to develop skills in evaluation, decision-making, communication, self-discipline, and responsibility.

The Livestock Industry Trust Fund sponsored the South Dakota 4-H horse judging team.

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