The Delaware 4-H program held its first statewide 4-H Hippology contest Dec. 3 at the Little Family’s Golden Locket Farm in Harrington.

The Delaware 4-H program held its first statewide 4-H Hippology contest Dec. 3 at the Little Family’s Golden Locket Farm in Harrington.

Hippology, meaning study of the horse, is an activity that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. Thirty-six youth ages 7-19 participated in the inaugural offering. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group that includes 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsored the event.

Members competed in individual and team categories. The individual portion had competitors complete five different station based activities focused on equine anatomy, tack, grooming equipment, horse coat color and marking identification and horse breed identification. In the team portion, youth competed on teams of up to four individuals to complete more difficult and comprehensive team problem solving activities. The two team problem solving activities involved feeds and feeding, requiring youth to identify feed samples and perform calculations related to feeding horses and identification of horses and requiring youth to measure and identify horses in different ways and answer some further process questions about the subject.

Volunteer adult leaders coached young people in the month leading up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials.

The high individuals in each age division were:

— Beginner, ages 8-10: Clara Gulick, of Tails and Trails 4-H Club in New Castle County.

— Intermediate, ages 11-13: Sydney Messick, of Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County.

— Senior, ages 14-19: Nicole Cannavo, of Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club in Kent County.

The high teams in each age division were:

— Beginner: Camo and Cowgirls, of Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County. Members were Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck and Ethan Stafford.

— Intermediate: Yellow Snowflakes, of Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County. Members were Rachel Adkins, Sydni Brown and Sydney Messick.

— Senior: Appaloosa’s, of Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club in Kent County. Members were Nicole Cannavo, Grant Kidner, Jessica Knowles and Maddy Lester.