Although snowy weather may restrict some outdoor activities, youth participating in 4-H horse projects stay busy. In addition to learning about horses through hands-on activities, young people enrolled in 4-H horse projects take part in regional contests that test their "horse IQ" across the state. Hippology and Horse Bowl competitions give young horse enthusiasts the opportunity to compare their equine knowledge to that of their peers; top-scoring high school age 4-H members in good standing have the opportunity to represent Vermont in competition at the Eastern National 4-H Round-Up held each autumn in Kentucky. Although both competitions test the same knowledge base, virtually everything related to horses and other equines, Hippology and Quiz Bowl differ in the type of questioning. The Hippology competition includes a written exam, a station phase where participants may identify such things as tack and equipment, breeds, health matters, and feed, and a judging component where they place classes of four horses based on conformation or performance. Quiz Bowl addresses the same subjects, but in a quick-response format, similar to that long standard College Bowl. First to come was Rutland County 4-H Hippology, a morning-long competition at Rutland High School. On Leap Day, Friday, Feb. 29, Rutland County youth meet for their 4-H quiz bowl, at Rutland High School, from 5-9 p.m. Chittenden County 4-Hers hold their Horse Quiz Bowl on Saturday, March 1, at a site yet to be determined.