Sophomore to Compete at Horse
Bishop Watterson student Abby Marshall has plans to become an orthopedic surgeon or veterinary surgeon for her career. As preparation, she participates in the Delaware County Equine Team, a group of teens who study the anatomy of horses and participate in competitions.
The competitions consist of three events: Horse Bowl, a quiz bowl-type of event; Horse Hippology, a written test, visual stations at which they answer questions, and a team problem; and Horse Judging. This year Abby’s team won all three contests.
In addition, Abby competes individually in an event called the Senior Horse Skillathon and she was the 15-year-old and overall high point winner. In this event, participants study anatomy, genetics, biology, plant biology, DNA and environmental impacts and they become skilled at understanding Latin and Greek prefixes. She was also reserve champion high individual in Horse Bowl, grand champion in Hippology and reserve champion in Horse Judging.
This week her team is competing at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Horse Bowl in Columbus on Tuesday and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Hippology Contest on Wednesday in Columbus.
Later in the month Abby’s team will compete at the Arabian National Horse Judging Contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in November they will compete at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Horse Bowl Contest in Louisville, Ky.