Ruby McClure

Ruby McClure answers questions during the written portion of the western region 4-H hippology contest Saturday in Alamo.


Five Henry County youth competed in the western region 4-H hippology contest on Saturday in Alamo.

There were 128 youth competing in the contest, which had divisions for junior, junior high and senior high members.

In the junior division, newcomer Ruby McClure garnered the fourth highest score in the contest. Just four points behind was Dallas Bomar with the fifth highest score.

Junior high contestant Rocki Lane was the 10th high scorer in her division. The senior high competitors, Amanda Graef and Sam Claxton, placed 22nd and 28th, respectively.

In the hippology contest, competitors test their horse knowledge. They must know everything from colors, breeds, anatomy, healthcare, farm management, nutrition and much more.

4-H members spent weekly practice sessions in the Extension office and at Hoof Beats of Hope.

The next horse project contest will be horse judging in April. Weekly meetings will begin in February and are open to any fourth- through 12th-grade Henry County youth.

For more information about 4-H and the horse project, please call the UT Extension Office Henry County at 642-2941, or email

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