Seventeenth Annual Horse Superior Young Producer Scholarship Contest Results
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2013
On July 25, during the Illinois State Junior Horse Show, the seventeenth annual Superior Young Producer Award (SYPA) contest was held. Participants competed for five, $1,000 scholarships to the college or university of their choice. These scholarships have been generously sponsored this year by Archer-Daniel's-Midland (Decatur). The thirty-nine youth horse enthusiasts who competed in this year's contest began thecompetition by judging two halter classes and two performance classes. Judging classes included stock-type gelding conformation, stock-type mare conformation, saddleseat pleasure and stock type western pleasure. Contestants then took a written test and completed ten skillathon stations.
Plaques were given to the top three individuals in each event (judging, written exam, and stations). The top five individuals overall earned a $1,000 scholarship to the post-secondary education institution of their choice.
To participate, these individuals were either a 4-H or FFA member in good standing, meeting all eligibility requirements. In addition, they were required to be between the ages of 14 and 19 according to 4-H or FFA rules.
The top 3 individuals earning plaques in the judging phase of the contest were:
- 1st Renee Henert from Lee County with 98.5 points out of a possible 100 points
- 2nd Kasandra Bunch from Union County with 98 points
- 3rd Katie Grabow from Mclean County with 98 points
The top 3 individuals earning plaques in the written phase of the contest were:
- 1st Erin Hayes from Mercer County with 82 points out of a possible 100 points
- 2nd Laura Ganvik from McHenry County with 76 points
- 3rd Courtney Weidenmann from Mercer County with 72 points
The top 3 individuals earning plaques in the stations phase of the contest were:
- 1st Rebecca Janes from Will County with 85 points out of a possible 100 points
- 2nd Gabi Born from Grundy County with 84 points
- 3rd Kiersten Pratt from Bureau County with 84 points
The top 5 individuals overall who will receive a $1,000 college scholarship in addition to a plaque were:
- 1st Erin Hayes with 249.5 points out of a possible 300 points
- 2nd Laura Ganvik with 240 points
- 3rd Kiersten Pratt with 239.5 points
- 4th Rebecca Janes with 236 points
- 5th Gabi Born with 235 points
Congratulations to the scholarship recipients for doing an outstanding job of demonstrating their comprehensive horse knowledge. In addition, credit should be given to those who excelled in a particular phase of the contest. Furthermore, appreciate is extended to all of the Junior show exhibitors that volunteered to provide horses for the judging phase of the contest. This year we had some especially high quality judging classes. Finally, the scholarship sponsors are thanked for their generous support.
Source: Debra Hagstrom, Extension Specialist, Horses, firstname.lastname@example.org
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