The Botetourt County 4-H Horse and Pony Club Hippology and Horse Judging team excelled in a recent statewide competition. The Equismartz State Contest was held at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell March 24-26. The contest began with individual speech/presentation contest, followed by eight hours of Hippology and judging tests. The Botetourt team placed third in Hippology over 17 teams. There were 14 Horse Judging teams; Botetourt placed fourth. Coaches are Dr. Detiz, Cindy Bandy, and Rachel Witt. From left are Rachel Buchanan, 1st Overall in Hippology; Clair Humphreys, 2nd Overall Horse Judging; Iva Jamison, 2nd Overall Senior Novice Horse Judging; Skylar Gay, 3rd Overall Presentation; and Rachel Edwards, 7th Performance Junior Novice Horse Judging. Not pictured: Caroline Bryant, 2nd Halter Junior Novice Horse Judging.

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