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4-H clover Blue Earth County 4-H’ers Participate in Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show

St. Paul, MN (Sept 15-18, 2023) – six 4-H youth from Blue Earth County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 15-1,8 2023. This year, 608 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair.  4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology (showing knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry), horse judging (study of an animal, measuring it against an accepted ideal), horse training and achievement, speech and demonstrations about interest in horses or the horse industry, showmanship and drill team skills. 

Youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail, and endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams, and study horse science. Youth may participate if they own or lease a horse. There are even options for youth who are interested in horses, but don’t have access to one in their community.

“Through the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show, youth build communications skills, gain deeper learning and interest in horses, and build relationships with caring adults,” said Renee Kostick, Extension Educator who manages the 4-H horse project in Minnesota. “These experiences contribute to their success in school, community, and futures.” 

The following youth were members of the Blue Earth County delegation:

Matthew Bormann 

Poles, Grade 12

7th Place 

Barrels, Grade 12

9th Place 

Key Race, Grade 12

6th Place 


Andrew Bormann 

Jumping Figure 8, Grade 9

7th Place 

Showmanship - Western, Grades 9

10th Place 

Trail Class, Grades 8-9

9th Place 

Western Pleasure, Grade 9

9th Place 

Western Horsemanship, Grade 9

2nd Place 

Braelynn Randall

Western Pleasure, Grade 9

2nd Place


Blue Earth County Herdsmanship

2nd Place Overall 


Hippology Team

Elyzah Erickson 

Ella Eilerman

Briella Springer






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