Monday, September 14, 2009

Archery at the State Shoot

This past weekend I participated in the 4-H State Shoot! Other years, my whole family has been involved in events from shotgun to the wildlife knowledge bowl, but this year, it was just me. I competed in the senior class for bare-bow, no sights or releases. I've always competed in this class, but this was the first time that I went with a recurve bow (I always used compound Genesis bows before), so I was both excited and nervous. Back to the way Robin Hood might have done it!

There were a LOT of kids there, from little fourth graders all the way up to graduates from high school (13th grade). I was put right next to kids with fancy compound bows equipped with sights and weights and all sorts of doo-dads so that they hardly look like bows anymore. At least I wasn't really competing against them, but they made my scores seem pitiful. I got 187-- not bad, and a lot better than I've been getting while practicing at home, but it didn't seem like much. 300 is a perfect score.

Anyway, we came back on Sunday to see where I placed and maybe attend the awards ceremony. I went up to the boards and scanned it carefully. I found my name and blinked rapidly a few times...

I got first place.

I just about fell over. Luckily, my parents were behind me. I checked again. Sure enough, my score was the highest in my category, and the next highest score was 145, not even close!

The only disappointment in the whole event was that I'm just a few months too old to go to nationals. And they're in Texas this year, too. *sigh* Oh, well. I had plenty of fun at State.

Now I just need to get my own bow, and I'd like to start working on my medieval dress, and if I could get my hands on some leather, maybe I could make a new quiver, belt, and arm-guards...


Jare and Lib said...


Congrats on first place, and if you do make something (dress, quiver, arm guard, ect. ect.)...make sure to post it in detail!!!


Eldarwen Failariel said...

Cool! I love archery!

~Eldarwen Failariel~

Bracie said...

Amazing! How wonderful!

Jare and Lib said...

You have been awarded.
See details on the RJD


Jase said...

Nice! As I said before, archery is one of my favorite 'sports' though some might not consider it a sort..

Jan Mader said...

First of all...You are a writer and I'm honored that you are writing with us. Thank you!

Congratulations on your fist place. That's awesome.

I'm so impressed with 4-H. I have a horse and some of the kids who board where I do are involved in
4-H clubs. They are so motivated and dedicated it's unbelievable.

Come visit my animal blog sometime and meet my horse Tango...

Hope to talk to you again soon. Congratulatons again!

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...


Also, I have awarded you. I realize that you were just awarded this by Jare and Lib, but I like you blog so much that I had to award you again. :)


Emma said...

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Elizabeth J. said...

Archery is a bunches of fun and I'm glad you had the opportunity to compete in the state tournament (I think that's what you call it?).

Lexi Williams said...

Yeah! It doesn't matter if you entered it in any other contest. :)

Eldarwen Failariel said...

Hey, Evergreena! I'm having a prayer chain at my blog for one of my followers who's dad is sick. Please come and check it out!

~Eldarwen Failariel~

Ivorydancer said...

I have awarded you!

Christian Miles said...

Hey, Evergreena! Awesome about that archery contest! =)
In honor of reaching ten members I've created a really cool site badge. If you'd like to post it on your page you can find it at:
it's underneath the About Me section.
Keep an eye out for future e-zines!


Joraiem said...

So cool that you published your book with! (Thanks for following my blog. BTW) So, how was Was it easy? And is 100% safe? Does it copyright your work?

I know I asked a lot of questions... But if you can answer them, that would be great!

Hepzibah said...

Wow! I wish I could have been there! Sorry I missed it. I love seeing you shoot.

By the way, I am at school right now! See you in a few hours!

Jase said...

For once I wish I was in school... I've been at home the last few days with a fever.. ugh! I hate not being able to go outside! I guess I like being outside more than I realize seeing as I choose to walk places when I can for the most part..

Goldarrow said...

Wow, wow, wow! Um was this whole post a joke on me?
I saw 4-H on you tag cloud and clicked it at random...
You shoot archery! Recurve at that!!!!!!
I wish you could have gone to Nationals, we might have shot together! I am not kidding. I went to Texas for my state in recurve last summer. I spoke with almost all the shooters so I would have met you at some point.
I had a tricked out recurve but a lot of bare bow people were there, some placed.

Great shooting though! Congrats on the first! 187 is very good for bare bow. How long have you been shooting?

Also i see you get a lot of awards with your blog, I happen to have one for you too.