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Bernalillo 4-H members take third at Western National Round-up Horse Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE - Bernalillo County's 4-H Horse Bowl team placed third at the Western National Round-up held Jan. 7-11, in Denver during the National Western Stock Show.



New Mexico 4-H Horse Bowl champions, from left, Zane Sullivan, Briana Curuso, Ryan Winslow and Irene Johnson placed third at the Western National Round-up competition held Jan. 7-11, in Denver. (NMSU Photo)

New Mexico State University, Colorado State University, Mississippi State University, South Dakota State University and Texas A&M University sponsored the event for senior 4-H members ages 14 to 19.

The Bernalillo County team members are Zane Sullivan, Briana Curuso, Ryan Winslow and Irene Johnson. They represented New Mexico as the state champions, which they won during the state 4-H conference last summer. The team competed against 12 other state champions.

The Horse Bowl provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitude of friendliness and fairness prevails. Conducted like television quiz shows, team members buzz in to answer questions such as:

•Define oxygenated? Answer: saturated with oxygen.
•What is the distal portion of the small intestine extending from the jejunum to the cecum? Answer: Ileum
•What is the myelin sheath? Answer: The lipid substance that forms around nerve fibers.
•The thickest muscle layer of the heart muscle is called? Answer: myocardium
•What are the large flat muscles on the horse's neck? Answer: splenius muscles
•What do the initials HYPP stand for? Answer: hyperkalemic periodic paralysis