A Botetourt County teen has made the Virginia State Hippology Team and will travel with her teammates from across the commonwealth to Perry, Georgia, to compete at the Southern Regionals.
Rachel Buchanan, a rising sophomore at James River High School, qualified in her first year of eligibility at the senior level — despite having no coaches or a local Hippology team to help her prepare.
Buchanan has been a 4-H member since kindergarten. She competed for several years with former Botetourt County Hippology and Horse Judging coaches Cindy Bandy, Rachel Witt and Dr. Charlotte Dietz before that team dissolved.
Outside of 4-H, Rachel shows in hunter/jumper competitions and volunteers at Botetourt County Horseman’s Association events along with her family.
Travel costs for each team is steep, and 4-H has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help offset costs of the state team’s travel. Going to the Georgia event will cost about $660. If the team wins, they will compete at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in October in preparation for the Eastern Nationals in Kentucky later in the fall. The Virginia team was reserve champions at last year’s Nationals.
The crowdfunding campaign ends June 16. Please click here to contribute.
Minimum Costs for Teams
Southern Regionals – Perry, Georgia
- $160/team – Entry Fees
- $100/hotel room – minimum 3 nights = $300
- $200 travel/meals = $200
Total = $660/team
All American Quarter Horse Congress – Columbus, Ohio
- $200/team – Entry Fees
- $150/hotel room – minimum 3 nights = $450
- $500 – travel/meals = $500
Total = $1,150/team
Eastern National 4-H Horse Round Up – Louisville, Kentucky
- $300/team – Entry Fees
- $175/hotel room – minimum 2 nights = $350
- $300 – misc fees (food, travel, supplies) = $300
Total = $950/team
Total MINIMUM cost to send all educational teams to regional and national contests = $20,520
*does not include practice sessions throughout the year or coaches travel