HUDSON — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties 4-H youth recently participated in this year’s Regional Horse and Regional Dairy Bowl contests.
This year’s Horse Bowl event was held in Canajoharie on March 9. Youth involved in the Horse Program gathered from all over the Capital Region to test out their knowledge of the equine industry.
Our novice team came in second place with Rachael Gerber receiving first place and Sarah Gerber coming in seventh place. Our junior team, consisting of Marian Pirrone and Shaya Gerber, came in fourth place.
The Capital Region Dairy Bowl contest was held at Ichabod Crane Middle School in Valatie on March 2. Parents, volunteers, and educators traveled all over our region in the wee hours of the morning to compete in the action-packed, Jeopardy-style game.
This year our beginner teams placed first and second overall with high placing individuals. Anthony Cordato, first place; Brayden Skoda, third place; Robert Pautz, fourth place; Joseph Cordato, fifth place; Leita Albertson, sixth place; Jonathan Chittenden, eighth place; and Grace Ooms rounded out as the top 10 individuals. Anthony, Brayden and Robert will be competing at this year’s New York State Fair invitational on Aug. 21.
Our junior teams held steady with third and fourth places overall. Our top scoring individuals were Kasey Purdy with second place and Randy Albertson with third place. Both Kasey and Randy will be representing the 2019 Capital Regional State Dairy Bowl Team.
This year our senior teams placed first and fourth overall. Sydney Kiernan placed third overall followed by Calvin Keller in fourth place, Hunter Gardner in fifth place and Vidar Pirrone in sixth place. Competing at this year’s State Dairy Bowl competition as Capital Region team members will be Calvin Keller and Vidar Pirrone.