Six Antelope County 4-Hers braved the cold temps and snowy weather to compete at the 2014 Horse Stampede in Lincoln on March 1.
The Horse Stampede is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department and UNL Extension. 4-Hers enrolled in the Horse project have the chance to enter the Horse Bowl, Public Speaking, Demonstration, and Art contests during the Stampede. More than 100 youth participated in this year’s event.
The Horse Bowl contest is split into junior and senior teams of 3 to 5 members on each team. Antelope County was one of 21 teams who competed at this year’s event. The junior team of Sadie Smutny (Meadow Grove), Alison Stineman (Tilden), Ashleigh Nelson (Tilden), and Angel Qualset (Meadow Grove) brought home a red ribbon. Trey and Taralyn Baum (Elgin) also competed in the Horse Bowl contest on a team with Holt County 4-H members. They each received blue ribbon on their respective teams.
The four girls were also busy that morning with their demonstration, public speaking, and art entries.
Sadie Smutny received a blue ribbon for her junior demonstration entitled “The Reasons for Western Wear.” Alison Stineman received a purple ribbon for her speech “Paint or Pinto?” and Ashleigh Nelson
PHOTO: Antelope County 4-Hers competed at the 2014 Horse Stampede at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on March 1. The junior Horse Bowl team received a red ribbon. Pictured (left to right) are Alison Stineman, Ashleigh Nelson, Sadie Smutny, and Angel Qualset. (Photo courtesy of Antelope County Extension Office)
received a blue ribbon for her speech, “The Rescued Horse: A 2nd Chance at Love.” It is always difficult to stand up in public and talk in front of people, but these young ladies all did a tremendous job! Angel Qualset’s beautiful painting of a horse head received a blue ribbon.
This was a great first experience for all of the 4-Hers. They learned a lot, had fun, and are already making plans for next year!