On March 5, the Hill Country Spurs 4-H horse judging teams traveled to Houston to compete in the largest horse judging competition on the world. There were over 800 horse judgers competing on that day. The contestants judged four performance and four halter classes. Our club had five teams competing with other 4-H teams.
In the senior division there were a total of 96 4-H judgers and two of our members placed very well. Rilee Moser was tenth place and Brenna Stueler was twelfth overall. In the junior 4-H division, there were a total of 158 competitors. Kallie Dalland placed thirtieth, Kathryn Hogan was forty-second, and Colton Hurlbut placed sixty-first.
Our teams also placed well. Blanco County Senior team 1 Kendra Smith, Rilee Moser, Rachel Harlin and Emily Masters placed third out of thirty 4-H teams and Blanco County Senior team 2 Brenna Stueler, Laura Miertschin, Breanna Solis and Lily Masters placed nineteenth out of thirty 4-H teams.
There were three junior teams competing among 47 other junior 4-H teams. Blanco County team 1 Willow Grote, Kalli Dalland, Addisyn Stueler and Aleigh Wessels placed eighteenth, Blanco County team 2 Grace Burke, Kathryn Hogan, Paige Dalland and Rachael McGill placed thirty-first, and Blanco County team 3 Colton Hurlbut, Hannah Hogan, Dooley Smith and Ty Tomlinson placed thirty-third.
Our club had a successful season. For some of our members this was their first time to ever compete. It is with the guidance, leadership, and positive outlook of our coach, Traci Smith, that we did so well along with the help of the parents and chaperones who drove us, fed us, and made sure our shirts were tucked in.