Penn. Co. youth horse public speaking champ |

Penn. Co. youth horse public speaking champ

Three-hundred and forty South Dakota youth representing 47 counties participated in the South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show held July 21 – 23, 2015 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.

The 2015 show had 50 more entries than the 2014 with a total of 998 entries in Performance, Showmanship, Equitation and Timed Events; as well as 166 entries in Youth in Action events including; Horse Quiz Bowl, Hippology, Public Speaking and Demonstrations, and Horse Judging.

Champion Senior teams from the Youth in Action contests, in Hippology and Quiz Bowl qualified to participate in the Western National Roundup, held January 2016 in Denver, Colo.

These teams include:

Brown County Hippology team; members include: Joellen Gonsoir, Megan Malsam and Trey Wright.

Roberts County Quiz Bowl team; members include: Morgan Janish, Derek Petersen, Kendra Currence and Valerie Moen.

Sarah Vos of Pennington County took top honors in Public Speaking.

Wyatt Stevens of Jerauld County was the Top Senior Horse Judging participant. Cassandra Townsend of Brown County was the top Junior Horse Judge; and Camille Hohn of Minnehaha County was the top Beginner Horse Judge.

Results at

All results from the 2015 State 4-H Horse Show can be found on

A special thanks to all local 4-H leaders and volunteers who helped prepare these young men and women for the 4-H State Horse Show; as well as those volunteers who helped throughout the event.

To learn how to become involved in 4-H Horse programming, contact your local 4-H Youth Advisor; a complete listing and images can be found at

–SDSU Extension