Orange County Home to Two National Champions

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Kids with awardsOrange County 4-H Represents North Carolina at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky

Meet Austen Stinson-Miller

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Austen is a senior at Jordan High School in Durham, NC. He has been a 4-H member in Orange County for three years, where is part of the High Flyers 4-H Club. Austen also serves Orange County as the Vice President of the County Council officer team. Austen plans to go to college next year and study Animal Science, and later go on to veterinary school.


Meet Anastasia Smith

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Anastasia is a sophomore at Jordan High School in Durham, NC. She has been a member of the High Flyers 4-H Club for three years now. She serves Orange County 4-H as the Reporter for the County Council officer team. Like Austen, Anastasia plans to one day attend college with hopes of becoming a veterinarian.

Started at the Bottom

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, county and state presentations looked very different this year. When Austen and Anastasia decided to do a team presentation, they had no clue what they were getting themselves into. What started out as a pre-recorded video of them in their homes quickly turned into weekly practices at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Orange County office once they learned they had the opportunity to represent North Carolina at two in-person national contests.

All American Quarter Horse Congress
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In October, Austen and Anastasia competed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Although they placed 2nd at this contest, they knew they had some work to do if they wanted to win first place at Eastern Nationals.

Eastern National 4-H Horse RoundUp

Three people with awardsThe team, along with Coach Sarah Maddry, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, at the beginning of November to compete in a larger contest, the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup. Competing against six other teams, Austen and Anastasia knew they had to bring their A-game. All of their hard work paid off when they learned they had won 1st place in Team Presentations.

Who Ya Gonna Call?
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Austen and Anastasia based their presentation off of the classic film, Ghost Busters, and spun it to relate back to horses, titling their presentation “Hoof Busters.” Throughout their presentation, they went over the interior and exterior parts of the hoof and discussed four common hoof problems that they have seen first-hand. Through the use of props and real photos, Austen and Anastasia were able to demonstrate their knowledge of proper hoof care.

North Carolina Dominated ENRU

Communications: Austen and Anastasia were just two 4-H members that represented North Carolina at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup. Two other youth competed in the Communications portion of the contest. Kyra Worth from Johnston County competed in Individual Presentations. Cayden Lowe from Currituck County competed in Public Speaking. As a Communications Team, the four placed 2nd overall.

Horsebowl: The Horsebowl team consisted of four members and two coaches; Stevie Neff-Sharum, Samantha Durham, Hannah Williams, Lauren Williams. Coaches: Mary Dickerson and Ruth Vorder Bruegge. Horsebowl placed 1st at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup.

Hippology: Hippology team competed in multiple different rounds, including stations, exam, team problem, and judging, earning them a 1st place title. Team members were Madie Noblin, Annie Winter, Raegan Shepherd, and Savannah Lindsey with Beth Morgan as Coach.

Horse Judging: Horse Judging also won 1st place for their ability to judge multiple classes and give reasons on each. Team members include Abi Burgress, Abby Ragan, Victoria Smith, and Olivia Hill with Samantha Taylor as Coach.

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