Union County 4-H'ers Compete at State Horse Show

Posted: December 12, 2014

Members of the Union County Valley Riders competed at the 2014 State Horse Show.

The 55th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held October 24-26 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. More than 700 youth from 62 counties participated in 74 performance classes throughout the weekend. There were over 1200 entries shown by youth that qualified for the show.

The state show is final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. Events include showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included. Results and photos from the show are available on the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Horse Program website.

All class champions in the show were awarded champion ribbons, pewter plates, and embroidered jackets. Reserve champions in each class received a ribbon and a grooming tote donated by Perri's Leather of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. All exhibitors in the therapeutic riding division received medallions donated by Hoy's Trophies and Awards of Export, Pennsylvania. Several sponsors donated items for the silent auction with proceeds to benefit the 4-H horse program. Show management and participants appreciate the continued support and generous donations from Perri's Leather and contributions from all show sponsors.

Competing from Union County were: Rachel Reaser participated in Open Trails, Senior Rider and Western Horsemanship, Senior Division; Dottie Bollinger placed 3rd in Barrel Race Ponies, Junior Rider (14.2 H and under); and Kyle Martin was the state champion in Barrel Race Horses, Junior Rider and placed 4th in Cutback Horses, Junior Rider.

Clinics and demonstration with horses and riders were conducted by Team Horse Power members and industry professionals. Equine Extension Associates, Bethany Bickel and Lew Trumble worked with Team Horse Power members to provide hands-on clinics for youth and adults. Their clinics included emergency stop and dismount, showmanship, and draft horse show preparation. Information sessions were also conducted to provide information about the new Cloverbud Curriculum available this year. Team Horse Power members worked with younger show participants to make and show mop ponies in two interactive sessions. Team Horse Power is a leadership program that trains and empowers teens and young adults to develop their individual skills and in turn teach horsemanship skills and mentor youth. Team members work at county, regional, and state activities to help youth improve their horsemanship abilities, promote safety and provide information about 4-H programs. Team Horse Power members were presented medallions in recognition of their achievements and service to the 4-H Horse Program. Team Horse Power members include: Devin Campbell, Butler County; Laurel Johnson, Butler County; Madeline McEachin, Butler County; Shannon Stovar, Butler County; Laura Keller, Mifflin County; Lizzy Bassett, Northumberland County; Lauren Androstic, Westmoreland County; and Caroline VanPelt, York County.