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Horse Judging and Hippology

2020 Horse Judging and Hippology Information

We are pleased to announce a great opportunity for members who have an interest or have a love for horses! You do not need to have a horse for this program! 

Practices for Hippology and Horse Judging will beging in late March 2020. What is horse judging and hippology you ask?  Great question!  Hippology is the study of the horse, which includes anatomy, horse care, nutrition, diseases, equipment, and more!  Youth have the opportunity to show off their horse knowledge at the state hippology contest in June which includes a written test, judging a couple of classes of horses, and an identification phase.  Horse judging involves teaching youth how to learn and apply knowledge of the ideal features of a variety of horse breeds and riding styles. Horse judging helps youth recognize desirable and undesirable qualities in horses, make logical decisions, defend those decisions, and develop a lot of confidence and communication skills a long the way.  The horse judging contest is the same day as the hippology contest, so we practice for those two contests together. 

Team coaches again this year will be Amy Burk (amyburk@umd.edu or 401-274-3274) and Diana Cullum (diana.cullum@verizon.net or 410-598-2163). 

Please let Amy or Diana know if your child would like to participate.

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