Washington County team places third in 4-H Horse Bowl state event

April 30, 2012
  • From left, Mariah Chapelle, Zoe Chapelle, Crystal Welling, Lilli Sutton (paritially blocked), Katie Sprankle and Megan Leisinger compete in the annual 4-H Horse Bowl at the University of Maryland.
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“What is the name of the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby?”

That was one of the many questions asked at the Maryland State 4-H Horse Bowl competition on April 23 at the University of Maryland.

This year’s Washington County senior Horse Bowl team included Mariah Chapelle, Megan Leisinger, Katie Sprankle, Lilli Sutton and Crystal Welling and coach Zoe Chapelle, a 4-H member who recently placed fourth in national competition as a member of the Maryland State Team.

With a quick  “buzz in” and the answer, “Aristides,” the Washington County team had gained yet another point in a close round as they battled their way to a third-place team finish. 

While individual points were important, teamwork kept them competitive.

In addition to points scored by individuals, they answered multiple bonus questions requiring one-minute conferences to answer a complex question and earned two team points for having each member individually answer a question correctly.

In addition to their team finish, Sprankle and Sutton placed second and fourth, respectively, in individual rankings, earning them a spot to try out for the state team and compete at the national level.

“I was very proud of everyone for all their hard work over the past three months,” Zoe Chapelle said. “This year’s state questions were as hard as those at the national competition. It takes hard work and dedication to learn so much.”

In Horse Bowl, teams of four players compete using a buzzer system to see which team has the most knowledge (or can buzz in faster and answer correctly).

The questions are all on horse-related topics ranging from breeds, colors, riding disciplines to anatomy, genetics and other subjects.

Horse Bowl is one aspect of 4-H in Washington County. 4-H is a program for those ages 8-18. There are a variety of clubs offering programs across the country.

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