ORISKANY, N.Y. — Twenty-seven youth participated in the Annual Oneida County 4-H Horse Communications events held March 19th at the Municipal Commission in Boonville and April 2nd at the Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) office in Oriskany.
Participating youth presented a horse related topic, which they researched, to a panel of judges. The judges encourage youth to improve their communication skills as they listen, learn and offer constructive feedback.
A special thank you to the following volunteers who took the time to evaluate the 4-H youth on their speaking and presentation skills: Gary Roberts, Shawna Seelman, and Anne Levitt.
4-H youth compete at different levels based upon their age. Cloverbuds are between five & seven years old. They do not receive a formal evaluation like the older youth. Their age-appropriate presentation consists mostly of a “Show and Tell” which will earn them a certificate and an “encouragement sticker.” Juniors are ages 8-13, and seniors are 14-18. Their age groups are recognized with certificates and earned points for either Blue, Red or White awards. Horse Communications participants may choose to do an Individual Presentation; Public Speech or Team Presentation, and are required to meet minimum and maximum time requirements.
The top two placing juniors and seniors who received a Blue Ribbon at the County Horse Communications will advance to the Regional Event on April 26th. These top speakers will return to CCE Oneida County to compete against their peers from Herkimer, Onondaga, and Madison Counties. Congratulations to the following 4-H youth representing Oneida County at the 3-B Regional Contest:
Lanelle Vile (Port Leyden). Senior Individual Presentation titled “Hippotherapy vs. EAP”
Abigail Douglas (Camden), Senior Individual Presentation titled “Showmanship”
Ali Teel (Barneveld). Junior Individual Presentation titled “What to look for when purchasing a Horse”
Raelinn Doxstader (Remsen), Junior Individual Presentation titled “Equine Dentistry”
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County