4-H educator joins Teton County extension office

Katlin Pittman
Katlin Pittman

Katlin Pittman has joined the Teton County extension office as 4-H educator.

She graduated from the University of Wyoming this year with a bachelor’s degree in equine and animal science.

Growing up in Etna, she was a 10-year 4-H member in Lincoln County and participated in rabbit and market lamb projects with additional experience in many other animal-related areas, said Kim Reaman, UW Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Pittman completed several extension-related work experiences while in college: a 4-H youth development internship in Lincoln County, an internship in the Agricultural Experiment Station on the UW campus and another in the College of Agriculture Business Office.

Top-five finishes distinguish UW horse judging team

Organizers of the AQHA World Championship Show point out collegiate competition is a chance for horse judging teams to take home “world champion bragging rights.” Pictured at the world show with their medals are, from left, Alanna Gudmonson, Rayne Benson, Anna Bertani, coach Jenny Ingwerson-Niemann, Ryan Fralick, and Anastasia Cunico.
Organizers of the AQHA World Championship Show point out collegiate competition is a chance for horse judging teams to take home “world champion bragging rights.” Pictured at the world show with their medals are, from left, Alanna Gudmonson, Rayne Benson, Anna Bertani, coach Jenny Ingwerson-Niemann, Ryan Fralick, and Anastasia Cunico.

The University of Wyoming 2016 horse judging team wrapped up its fall season with strong finishes in October at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, and the American Quarter Horse World Championship Collegiate Contest in November in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“The team’s hard work and practice paid off,” said coach Jenny Ingwerson-Niemann. Team members are Rayne Benson, Laramie, Anastasia Cunico, Parshall, Colo., Alanna Gudmunson, Cheyenne, and Ryan Fralick, Hayden, Colo. The team was supported by teaching assistant Anna Bertani, a UW team alumna from Joliet, Ill.

University of Wyoming horse judging contestants competed individually in the limited division at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. In performance, Benson placed 4th and Cunico placed 8th. In reasons, Benson placed 12th and Gudmuson placed 20th. Benson gained 9th place high point overall individual.

“The team worked hard after Congress to improve their scores for the American Quarter Horse World Collegiate Contest,” noted Ingwerson-Niemann. UW placed in the top five in every category for the limited division.

In halter, Benson placed 2nd, Cunico 6th and Fralick 8th.

In performance, Benson placed 4th.

In reasons, Fralick was 4th and Benson 16th.

As overall individuals, Benson earned 3rd, Fralick 11th and Cunico 15th.

4-H educator joins Park County extension office

Tycee Mohler
Tycee Mohler

Tycee Mohler was formally named the 4-H educator in Park County this month.

Mohler had been the Park County interim 4-H educator for several months, said Kim Reaman, University of Wyoming Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator

Reaman said Mohler has a wealth of 4-H experience in Wyoming, beginning with her 10-year 4-H member status in Uinta County, as a 4-H youth development intern in Johnson County, and as an office assistant in the State 4-H Office and in the state UW Extension office.

She completed an associate of science degree in agriculture from Laramie County Community College in 2014 and graduated from UW with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2016.

4-H educator joins Hot Springs County extension office

Joey Johnson

A 4-H educator rejoined the Hot Springs County extension office Nov. 21.

Joey Johnson had previously served as the county’s 4-H educator from 2013-15.

During the past 22 years, he has been a county 4-H educator, a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA adviser and a livestock judging coach.

During his tenure with the Hot Springs County 4-H program, youth membership doubled, there was a substantial increase in the number of volunteer leaders and he helped bring in over $100,000 to the 4-H program through grant writing and fundraising, said Kim Reaman, University of Wyoming Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Johnson studied general agriculture at Casper College and graduated with a B.S in agricultural education in 1994 from the University of Wyoming.

4-H meat judging team takes fifth in nation

From left Angelina Bannan, Amber Jensen, Tammie Jensen, Kylie Strauch
From left Angelina Bannan, Amber Jensen, Tammie Jensen, Kylie Strauch

The Niobrara County senior 4-H meat judging team captured fifth at the National 4-H Meat Judging Contest Oct. 18 in Manhattan, Kan.

The team of Amber Jensen, Angelina Bannan and Kylie Strauch placed fourth in retail cut placings and reasons, fifth in retail cut identification, seventh in oral reasons, and tenth in total placings.

“The group earned the right to represent Wyoming after being named State Reserve Champion 4-H Meat team at the state contest in April,” says coach Tammie Jensen. The national contest was part of the 2016 American Royal Livestock Show and Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo.

Wyoming’s top competitor, Amber Jensen, earned seventh overall with 708 out of 750 possible points. After a first in retail cut identification and a perfect score of 300, a tiebreaker brought her a third place ribbon. Jensen was seventh in the beef division and ninth overall in oral reasons.

Bannan tallied 662 points to place 20th overall. She was recognized for a fifth place tie in retail cut placings and ranked 13th in retail cut identification.

Strauch gathered 644 points to place 30th overall. She earned 19th in retail cut placing and reasons.

Fourteen teams and 54 individuals from across the U.S. competed. Wyoming tallied 2,014 points to gain its top-five spot. Texas won the contest with 2,150 points. North Dakota was second with 2,121, Kansas third with 2,028, and Tennessee fourth with 2,021.

Jensen says she and the team members attribute much of their success to University of Wyoming meat lab manager Kelcey Christensen.

“The practices he offered were outstanding,” she says. The group also practiced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Their trip was sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, Wyoming Meat Processors Association and the many donors to the Niobrara County 4-H Judging Team Fund.