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2014 State 4-H Horse Show Results

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 73 performance classes throughout the weekend. There were over 1200 entries shown by youth that qualified for the show.

The state show is the 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 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.

Angela Moretti from Home, Pennsylvania was recognized as the 2014 4-H Horse Program Outstanding Member. She received a custom tack closet donated by C & M Pine Products of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Angela is a 10th year member and an active participant in the Shawnee Riders 4-H Club. She has participated in performance and production horse projects, Team Horse Power, and horsemanship skills, as well as the Horse Bowl contest. Angela has served as officer, teen leader and camp counselor in her 4-H clubs and participated in numerous leadership and community service activities in Indiana County. She has successfully competed in county, district and state 4-H horse events, including shows, hippology, horse judging, and horse bowl contests. Her community service activities included pony rides with her local 4-H club, Team Horsepower opportunities and community involvement around her interest in a nursing career.

Angela states "I am so grateful that 4-H has been around for the past 100 years and that my family has been a part of this history. I credit my years in 4-H with assisting me to grow into a confident well rounded person. I will carry on the family tradition of 4-H with my children, just as my family has done with me." Angela is currently a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, majoring in nursing.

Outstanding member award finalists were presented halters and leads donated by Tory Leather Company of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and grooming trays provided by C & M Pine Products. In addition to the winner, the finalists include: Lauren Androstic, Westmoreland County, Jenna Gabreski, Potter County, Samantha Kline, Cambria County, and Amberley Spicher, Jefferson County.

Several youth received certificates and awards from their districts for passing Level 3 of the Horsemanship Skills Program. The 4-H members recognized for passing Level 3 include: Kristen Folk, Berks County, Laurel Johnson, Butler County, and Cassandra Brill, Chester County.

Members of the 4-H Horse Program Development Committee provided custom belt buckles to 4-H members mastering Level 4 of the Horsemanship Skills Program. Kristen Folk, Berks County and Angela Moretti, Indiana County were recognized for passing Level 4. Buckle sponsors include Patty Kelly, Dr. Tammy Eichstadt, Donna Zang, Pam Nealer, Betsy Ullrich, Lew Trumble and Dave Gallaher.

The Horsemanship Skills Program is a progressive, educational program to develop safety, horsemanship and life skills of 4-H members. Youth are provided opportunities to learn skills and are tested by trained examiners before advancing to the next level. There are four levels beginning with a novice or beginner level and progressing to an advanced level. Level 4 is the highest level of the program and recognizes youth for their advanced level of horsemanship skills and ability to effectively ride and handle their horse.

Clinics and demonstrations 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 the 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, Caroline VanPelt, York County.

A Ground roping contest was also held for all ages. Contestants were judged on certain criteria such as swing and delivery, and winners in each age division won a rope sponsored by Altmeyer's Trailer Sales.

Equine Educational Exhibits were on display throughout the show for youth to demonstrate acquired horsemanship knowledge. Exhibits were judged on equine related facts and educational content. The overall grand champion was the exhibit entitled "Look into My Eyes" from the Spurs-N- Burrs 4-H Club of Bucks County. The winner was awarded a perpetual trophy donated by Hoy's Trophies and Awards. A perpetual trophy, also donated by Hoy's Trophies and Awards, was awarded to the overall grand champion in the category of Good Housekeeping. This year's recipient of the Grand Champion award was Lehigh County.

The 16th Annual State 4-H Model Horse Show was held on Saturday in its new location in the Small Arena. The Model Horse Show provides a means for youth to learn and perfect the hobby of collecting and showing model horses, while also learning about horse breeds, history, tack, equipment and related horse information. The model show is an opportunity for youth that may not be able to own and show live horses to participate in the show and learn more about the horse industry.

There are over 6,500 4-H horse projects involving youth throughout Pennsylvania. Programs are designed to develop life skills in youth and knowledge of horse production, use, and management. For additional information on 4-H horse programs in Pennsylvania, contact your county Penn State Cooperative Extension office at extension.psu.edu/counties or visit the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program web site

Prepared by Sterling Buist, Penn State Equine Extension Specialist E-mail: sterling.buist@psu.edu Phone: 814-863-3657