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Courtesy Photo Mariana auctioned her lamb with other members of the club helping out

Questa Achievers Shine at Taos County Fair

It’s enrollment time for Questa 4-H!
4-H enrollment is open October 1, 2023 through February 1, 2024. Our local group, The Questa Achievers, welcomes youth ages 5 (in kindergarten) to 18 to join.
Contact Denise Winslow-Lawrence at
(575) 200-9947 or the area-wide coordinator Monica Gonzales-Wilder at (575) 758-3982 for more information.

Courtesy Photo Jolene, Adrienne, and Allison waiting while their rabbits are being judged

\The Questa Achievers 4-H Group are the northernmost group in Taos county. The group has been busy this year with some fun arts and crafts projects and taking care of the animals they raised and showed at the Taos County Fair, with some qualifying to show in the State Fair!

The members are broken out into four groups, the Clover Buds, Novice, Junior, and Senior members. While the Cloverbuds, ages 5 to 8 years, are members of the group, they don’t participate in showmanship competitions. While they don’t compete, they can participate in raising and showing their animals, including rabbits or poultry. This year, two Cloverbuds showed poultry.

HERE’S A RECAP OF THE QUESTA KIDS WHO SHOWED AT THE TAOS COUNTY FAIR:

CLOVERBUDS
Cloverbuds, ages 5-8 years, are members of the group who don’t compete, however they can participate in raising and showing their rabbits or poultry.
Jackson Ortega: Silver Laced Cochin Chicken
Jason P. Rael: Pekin Duck


The Novice, Junior, and Senior members of the group range from ages 9 to 18. They participate in showmanship competitions. Here’s is a recap of the Questa kids who participated in showmanship at the Taos County Fair and their awards:


POULTRY
Allison Segura: Pekin Duck 2nd place
Amber Cote: Brahma Chicken 2nd place
Amber Cote: Wyandotte Chicken 1st place, Best of Breed
Elijah Segura: Swedish Duck 1st place, Best of Breed
Jaylee Rael: Pekin Duck 1st place, Best of Breed
Jeremiah Ortega: Silver Laced Cochin Chicken 1st place, Best of Breed
Jeremiah Ortega: Silver Laced Cochin Chicken 2nd place
JT Radcliff: Bantam Call Duck 1st place
JT Radcliff: Bantam Call Duck6 2nd place


RABBITS
Adrienne Rael: Mini Lop Senior Doe 2nd place
Allison Segura: Mini Lop Senior Doe 1st place, Best of Breed, Reserve Grand Champion
Candice Stroback: Dutch Senior Buck 1st place, Best of Breed
Candice Stroback: Jersey Wooly Senior Buck 1st place, Best of Breed Showmanship Award
Jolene Segura: Mini Lop Senior Buck 1st place


MARKET LAMBS
Bo Ortega: Lightweight 5th place
Bo Ortega: Lightweight 6th place
Diego Ortega: Lightweight 2nd place
Mariana Ortega: Lightweight 1st place,
Reserve Grand Champion. Showmanship award
Noah Rael: Lightweight 4th place


MEAT GOAT
Jaylee Rael: Medium Lightweight 4th place Medium Lightweight 5th place
OPEN GOAT
Adrienne Rae 2nd place


INDOOR EXHIBITS
Allison Segura: Rabbit Exhibit poster 1st place Junior division
Candice Stroback: Rabbit Exhibit poster 1st place Senior division
JT Radcliff : Self-determined advanced photography 1st place
Unit 2 Photography Night Photography 1st place
Unit 2 Photography Good Composition 1st place
Unit 2 Photography Black and White with color 1st place
Unit 2 Photography Creative use of color 2nd place
Unit 3 Photography Action Photo 1st place
Unit 3 Photography Action Photo 2nd place
Unit 3 Photography Shapes/Textures 1st place
Scrapbooking Questa Achievers 2nd place
Horticulture Produce Basket 1st place
Horticulture Floral Arrangement 1st place
Kingston Trujillo-Gist: Arts and Crafts
Cyanotype photography 3rd place
Creative Arts Buckle Bracelet 1st place
Creative Arts Leather Keychain 1st place
Creative Arts Leather Knife sheath 1st place
Several members of the Questa Achievers qualified to participate in the state fair exhibits. Below is a recap of the winners who qualified to show at a state level:


STATE FAIR EXHIBITS
Allison Segura: Rabbit Exhibit poster 3rd place
Candice Stroback: Rabbit Exhibit poster 1st place
JT Radcliff 2: 1st place photography
1 – 2nd place photography
1 – 3rd place photography
1st place Fisheries poster
4 1st place Call Duck (4 different breeds) Grand Champion Bantam Duck
Kingston Trujillo-Gist: 1st place Leatherwork keychain 1st place tiger knot bracelet

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