Clayton residents shine at horse show
Clayton resident Taylor Knittel, a Johnston County 4-H member has earned top honors among more than 330 of the nation’s most knowledgeable 4-H Horse Program members during the 2012 Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Ky.
Knittel, 17, earned the highest overall individual honor in Horsebowl, a team quiz bowl contest, which tests a person’s knowledge of the horse.
She won the award at the annual competition hosted by the North American International Livestock Exposition.
Knittel, a Senior at Cleveland High School is the daughter of John and Tonya Knittel.
As Horsebowl champion, Knittel received a $500 college scholarship from the American Quarter Horse Association, as well as a trophy from the Virginia 4-H Horse Program.
Knittel is a member of the Johnston County Senior Horse bowl team that placed first at the N.C. State Contest in March, said her coach, Lori Stroud.
Stroud said Knittel’s team also represented North Carolina at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia.
Knittel was also part of the champion Horse bowl team at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio where Taylor won reserve champion individual honors.