Cornell Cooperative Ext-ension of Chautauqua County's 4-H Horse Pro-gram annually offers a Public Presentation contest known as Horse Com-munications. Youth participants prepare speeches, demonstrations, team presentations, videos, or perform impromptu speeches. This year Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Deve-lopment had 19 county horse presentations, nine of which were selected to advance to the regional competition.
Public speaking teaches youth to be confident, assertive, and youth gain the ability to think and speak in front of a large group, develop poise and self-confidence.
At the Regional event, Chautauqua County youth will meet and compete against youth from Wyoming, Orleans, Catta-raugus, Allegany and Erie County. Over 30 horse presentations will take place at Regional Horse Communic-ations in Cuba. Youth present in four separate categories at the junior, 14 years of age and under, and senior 14-19 years of age levels. The top four participants in each category will advance to the state competition.
The public speaking section of the contest requires youth to research, design and deliver a 7-10 minute presentation without props or posters. This year, Rachel McCarthy's speech entitled "Making the Show Pony Go Round" earned her a chance to compete at the Regional Competition
The individual presentations are 9-12 minutes long and may be a demonstration or illustrated talk. A demonstration is defined as a presentation of a step-by-step procedure with an end product or result. An illustrated talk is defined as a presentation of an idea or topic that uses visual aids to convey the message. Visual aids may include but are not limited to handouts, posters, props, videos, slides, and computer generated media (Power Point, websites, etc.). The following seniors will advance to Regional Competition: Kendra Hockran with her presentation "Face-Off;" Gracie Morrison with her presentation "Horse Ball;" Ashley Crandall with her presentation "When Dressage Gets Ugly;" Emily Swanson with her presentation "Barrel Racing Past and Present;" and Mikayla Reynolds with her presentation "Western Pleasure."
The following Juniors will advance to Regional Competition: Bryanna Warner with her presentation "Sport Horse Injur-ies;" and Aubin Barber with her presentation "Compari-son of a Tennessee Walker and a Quarter Horse."
Team presentations may be illustrated talks or demonstrations as well. Youth present in teams of two for 10-15 minutes. This year siblings Steph-anie and Kevin Rogers gave a team presentation entitled "After the Finish Line" that earned them a position at the regional competition
Congratulations to the Horse Communication participants. Horse Skills contests will continue throughout the summer with Regional Hippology, State Horse Bowl, State Hippology, State Commun-ications and into the fall with national contests. To learn more about the 4-H Horse Program in Chau-tauqua County, contact the 4-H Office at 664-9502 Ext. 214
The 4-H Youth Devel-opment Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Ext-ension of Chautauqua County. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell Univer-sity, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Depart-ment of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
For additional information, call 664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.-