Three Gloucester youth earned ribbons on Friday evening at the EquiSmartz Communications Contest, the Virginia 4-H Horse State Educational Competition, held at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington.
Dakota Dunlap and Kimberley Sweeney placed first in Senior Presentations with the presentation “Hunter vs. Western” and will advance to Southern Regional and Eastern National competitions. Dunlap additionally placed third in Senior Individual Presentations with “The Paso Fino: the Smoothest Riding Horse in the World.”
Mason Dunlap presented “Horse Shows: Before, During, and After” and earned a fourth place ribbon in Junior Individual Presentations.
The three members of the Gloucester Hippies 4-H Club earned the right to compete at the state event by taking blue ribbons at the local and Southeast District 4-H contests.
The club derives its name from the word “hippology” which is the study of horses.
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