Published on 07/15/20

Georgia 4-H youth participate in state equine competition

By Cristina Luisa deRevere

Georgia 4-H organized the 2020 state horse educational competition for 55 youth in a virtual format this year. This competition was previously linked with the Georgia 4-H state horse show hosted at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the event, youth competed in various educational contests such as individual demonstration, public speaking, photography, painting, drawing and essay. Participants are divided into grade divisions to compete against their peer groups. Seniors include grades nine through 12, juniors include grades seven and eight, and Cloverleaf includes grades four through six. All educational competitions were judged online by a committee of industry experts and youth development professionals.

“Going through the process of researching, planning and creating the various presentations for competition are life skills worth refining and facilitates success in many areas of life,” said Julia McCann, equine outreach coordinator in the University of Georgia Department of Animal and Dairy Science. “We are proud of all the youth entered in the 2020 educational contests.” 

Through Georgia 4-H’s horse program, youth learn life skills including leadership, teamwork and problem solving. In addition, they develop character traits of responsibility, discipline and respect. For this competition, horse ownership is not a requirement.

The winners of the 2020 4-H state horse educational competition are:

Individual Demonstration Contest 

  • Senior — Sophia Merka, Madison County
  • Junior — Avery Pruett, Coweta County
  • Cloverleaf — Nate Albertson, Elbert County

Public Speaking Contest 

  • Senior — Katherine Muldrew, Bulloch County

Horse Drawing Contest

  • Senior — Juliette McKinley, Paulding County
  • Junior — Emma Bayer, Cobb County
  • Cloverleaf — Claire Lummus, Coweta County

Horse Painting Contest

  • Senior — Katherine Muldrew, Bulloch County
  • Junior — Emma Bayer, Cobb County
  • Cloverleaf — Brooklyn Castillo, Carrroll County

Horse Essay Contest

  • Senior — Katherine Muldrew, Bulloch County
  • Junior — Emma Bayer, Cobb County
  • Cloverleaf — Elise Wilson, Pulaski County

Horse Photography Contest

  • Senior — Emma Albertson, Elbert County
  • Junior — Avery Pruett, Coweta County
  • Cloverleaf — Claire Lummus, Coweta County

For more information about Georgia 4-H’s horse program, visit

Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Extension office by visiting

Cristina deRevere is the public relations coordinator for Georgia 4-H.

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