Itasca 4-H’ers perform well at special events

MN 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational
The MN 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational was held in Alexandria in Douglas County Sept. 6-8. 746 youth from 51 counties participated in the following events: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Trap, Silhouette, Wildlife Calling, Skillathon and Conservation/Wildlife Displays throughout the weekend. Youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills that have been learned throughout the past year, as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained instructor in their discipline of interest.

Itasca County 4-H had ten 4-H members qualify and attend the Invitational. These 4-H’ers represented the Bigfork North Stars, Cohasset, and Deer River Northern Stars 4-H Clubs and Independent memberships. Itasca 4-H’ers shot well and earned many individual and team medals. Cody Maves had the special honor of placing first in the Standard Air Rifle class for the 7th time in a row. He earned first place in his age division since he first competed in this event in grade five.

Nash Ahlman, Jr. 3P Air Rifle, PA; Jr. Air Pistol, 7th; Jr Std. Air Rifle, 10th; Jr. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Erik George, Jr. 3P Air Rifle, PA; Jr. Air Pistol, PA; Jr. Std. Air Rifle, PA; Jr. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Ashley Larson, Sr. Archery – Class A, PA; Sr. .22 Target Rifle, PA. Krista Larson, Sr. Archery – Class A, PA; Sr. Air Pistol, PA. Calvin Maves, Int. .22 Target Rifle, 2nd; Int. Std. Air Rifle, 3rd; Int. 3P Air Rifle, 6th; Int. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Cody Maves, Sr. .22 Target Rifle, 2nd; Sr. Std. Air Rifle, 1st; Sr. 3P Air Rifle, 2nd; Sr. Air Pistol, PA; Sr. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Jeffrey Morris, Jr. Archery – Class C, PA; Jr. BB Gun, PA; Jr. 3P Air Rifle, PA; Jr. Air Pistol, PA; Jr. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Ashley Trout, Sr. Trap, PA; Sr. .22 Target Rifle, 10th; Sr. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Emily Trout, Sr. Trap, PA; Sr. .22 Target Rifle, 9th; St. Std. Air Rifle, PA; Sr. 3P Air Rifle, 7th; Sr. Silhouette Shoot, PA. Jeremy Trout, Jr. Archery – Class C, PA; Jr. BB Gun, PA; Jr. Std. Air Rifle, PA; Jr. Silhouette Shoot, PA.

Itasca Team Results
Sr. Std. Air Rifle – Emily Trout, Jeremy Trout, Calvin Maves, Cody Maves, 3rd; Sr. 3P Air Rifle – Emily Trout, Cody Maves, Calvin Maves, Erik George, 3rd; and Sr. .22 Target Rifle – Emily Trout, Ashley Trout, Ashley Larson, Calvin Maves, 2nd.

MN State 4-H Dog Show
Itasca County 4-H was represented by nine of its members at the 2013 State 4-H Dog Show. The show is held annually and consists of agility, obedience, rally, and showmanship events. This year’s show was held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Sept. 21-22.

4-H members qualified for state competition by placing well at the 4-H Dog Show held just prior to the Itasca County Fair in August. 4-H Dog Training classes were held weekly at the Itasca County Fairgrounds from May through mid-August, instructing youth how to train and work with their dogs with options for new handlers and experienced ones. There continues to be new challenges, pieces of agility equipment, and events to keep members growing in their project knowledge and abilities.

State Show participants represented Blackberry, Cohasset, Deer River Northern Stars, and Running Rapids 4-H Clubs. 2013 results:

Kiara Alger, Rally- Pre-Novice gr. 7, Blue; Showmanship-Open gr. 7, Blue. Moriah Alger, Rally- Novice gr. 4-5, Blue; Showmanship-Open gr. 4-5, Blue. Emma Bromenschenkel, Agility-Beginner (16 inch) gr. 9-13, Blue; Obedience – Grad. Beg. gr. 11-1, Awd of Excel; Agility-Jumpers 1 (16, 20 inch) gr. 11-13, Red; Rally- Novice- gr. 11-13, Awd of Excel. Emily Casey, Agility-Jumpers 1 (16, 20 inch) gr 11-13, Blue; Obedience- Grad. Beg. gr. 11-13, Blue; Rally-Pre-Novice gr. 11-13, Blue; Showmanship-Open gr. 11-13, Blue. Erin Casey, Agility-Jumpers 2 (20 inch) gr. 9-13, White; Rally-Novice gr. 10, Blue; Showmanship-Open gr.10, Blue; Obedience-Grad. Novice gr. 9-13, Awd of Excel. Rebecca Clayton, Showmanship-Open gr. 8, Blue. Annie Crotteau, Obedience-Beg. A gr. 9-13, RC; Rally-Pre-Novice gr. 11-13, Blue; Showmanship-Novice gr. 9-13, Champ. Nichole Uzelac, Agility-Jumpers 2(20 inch) gr. 9-13, Red; Rally-Pre-Adv. Gr. 9-10, Blue; Showmanship-Open gr. 8, Blue. Lauren Zerfas, Showmanship-Open gr. 8, Blue.

The Itasca County 4-H Federation appreciates the coaches, volunteers, and parents, for helping make 4-H project learning and these trips possible. For information about 4-H in Itasca County contact University of Minnesota Extension, Itasca County, at 327-7486 or visit www.mn4-H.umn.edu

NE MN 4-H Livestock Show
The 79th Northeast 4-H Livestock Show was held in Brainerd, Sept. 14-15. The Northeast 4-H Livestock show plays host to the cream of the crop livestock in the Northeast region. This year 281 youth participated from 17 counties.

4-H youth participants must have earned a blue ribbon with their livestock exhibit at their county fair in order to qualify for the NE Show, and cannot be an exhibit shown at the MN State Fair. The first day of the show focuses on educational opportunities for youth to participate in relating to the species of animal they are interested in and showmanship competitions. The second day of the show highlights the 4-H’ers and their livestock in the species shows.

Itasca County was represented at this show by 15 4-H members from Deer River Northern Stars, Swan River, and Spang 4-H Clubs. Special financial support for this show was provided by the Itasca Co. Agricultural Association Livestock Division and the Itasca County Farm Service and Purina. Results are as follows:

Nash Ahlman, Rabbit: Small Breed Buck, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Benjamin Herfindahl, Sheep: Reg. Breeding Ewe Lamb, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Joseph Herfindahl, Sheep: Reg. Breeding Ewe Lamb, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Maria Herfindahl, Rabbit: Small Breed Doe, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Mitchell Howsen, Rabbit: Large Breed Buck, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Dylan Hronoski, Poultry: Standard Breed, Red in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Aden Lignell, Poultry: Bantam Breed, RC in livestock, RC in showmanship; Wyatt Lignell, Beef: Reg. Cow/Calf, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Delaney Nelson, Beef: Reg. Beef Heifer, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Hannah Nelson, Beef: Prospect Calf, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Mahri Nelson, Beef: Reg. Beef Heifer, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; LeRoy Porter, Beef: Reg. Beef Heifer, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; Maddalynn Porter, Beef: Reg. Cow/Calf, Blue in livestock, RC in showmanship; Katelyn Slettom, Beef: Comm. Beef Heifer, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship; and Jeremy Trout, Poultry: Standard Breed, Blue in livestock, Blue in showmanship.

MN State 4-H Horse Show
Although 4-H trips to state events are earned individually, it takes real team work to assure success for county participants attending the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show. This annual event took place Sept. 13-16 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and is the largest youth horse show in the state with over 700 4-H youth participating. Members compete in performance, showmanship, trail, and gaming classes, as well as exhibiting horse training achievements. 4-H exhibitors qualified for the state show by earning a blue ribbon at the Itasca County Fair 4-H Horse Show and meeting other criteria.

As with all 4-H project work, preparation and participation provides life skills and learning experiences for 4-H Horse Project members, their families and leaders. Working as a team improves each exhibitor’s chance of success by having the help needed to prepare their mounts and attire as they attempt to meet the often confusing schedule of the Show. It also allows a county to be more competitive in Herdsmanship, which evaluates, by county, the attention to detail given to the 4-H’ers horses, stalls, and public displays. The Itasca County team placed 1st in the Small County Division which will allow them to secure some of the best quality stalls for next year’s team of exhibitors.

Itasca County was able to send 5 4-H participants, all from Blackberry 4-H Club:

Katie Adams, Key Race gr. 8, PA; Jmp Figure 8 gr. 8, 10th; Barrels gr. 8, 9th; Poles gr. 8, PA. Justine Blake, Key Race gr. 8, PA; Jmp Figure 8 gr. 8, PA; Barrels gr. 8, PA; Poles gr. 8, PA. Annie Crotteau, Hunt Seat Equit. gr.11, PA; Hunt Seat Pleasure gr.11, PA; West. Hmanship. gr.11, PA; Western Pleasure gr. 11, 7th; West. Smanship gr. 11, PA; Trail gr. 10-11, PA. Liesl Francisco, Hunt Seat Equit. gr. 8, 1st; Hunt Seat Pleasure gr.8, 4th; West. Hmanship gr. 8, 4th; Western Pleasure gr.8, 4th; West. Smanship gr. 8, 2nd; Trail gr. 8-9, PA; Earned the Jr. High Point Performance Award (grades 6-8). Katie Warner, Hunt Seat Equit. gr.11, 4th; Hunt Seat Pleasure gr. 11, PA; West Hmanship gr.11, 4th; Western Pleasure gr.11, 8th; West Hmanship gr.11, PA; Grand Entry Rider. Itasca Team, Herdsmanship, Champ.