Georgetown College Equine Scholar Anna Meurer, the current National Hippology Champion by virtue of her win in November at the 4-H Eastern Nationals in Louisville, recently learned she will have the opportunity to become the first Kentuckian to pull off a rare double when she competes at 4-H Western Nationals in Denver this January.
Anna, a sophomore from Danville, KY, likened Hippology (study of the horse) competition to an equine knowledge decathlon, including Horse Judging, Written Examination and Slide Identification, Identification Stations and Team Problem Solving. Examples of topics are Reproduction, Training, Parasites, History and Origins, Anatomy and Physiology, Horse Industry, Horse Management, Breeds, Genetics, Famous Horses in History, Parts of the Saddle, Types of Bits, Feedstuffs and Nutrition. Unfortunately, rules prevent her from competing in Hippology again, so in Colorado she’ll do Individual Presentation.
A History and Religion double major, Political Science minor, Anna is a voting member of the District 4 Horse Management Team and writer of the organizations monthly newsletter, a 4-H volunteer, and leader of the Garrard County 4-H Horse Club.
She and GC Equine Scholar Brittany Sims, a freshman from Harrodsburg, KY, were also part of the four-member Kentucky team that captured the title of Reserve Champion Team at Eastern Nationals. Both were also members of the winning team at Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH, in October.