Mother and Daughter Compete in State 4-H Competitive Trail Competition

Posted: September 25, 2012

Susquehanna County 4-H member Kelly Oliver, 14, Springville and her mother 4-H Horse Leader Connie Oliver recently competed in the Pennsylvania State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride, also known as the “Keystone Ride” on September 16. Kelly and Connie both placed second in their respective divisions; Kelly in the Jr. Rider Division and Connie in the Adult Division.
Kelly Oliver and PJ

Kelly Oliver and PJ

The 27.7 mile ride was held at Rothrock State Forest, Huntington, Mifflin and Centre Counties.  It takes place on well-marked trails at a timed pace, with judges observing the ride and inspecting the horses both before and after the competition.  The 4 ½ hour ride took place in two sections with a mandatory stop time in the middle.  It’s not a race against time competition, scoring is based on the overall condition of the horse with points deducted for any changes in the horse’s condition during the ride.  This type of trail ride takes over six weeks to prepare your horse for this endurance event.  

Kelly is the daughter of Dennis and Connie Oliver and is in the 9th grade at Elk Lake Jr./Sr. High School  She is a member of the Blue Ribbon Driven 4-H Club.  At the District IV Horse Show, Kelly qualified for the State 4-H Horse Show in Trail Class; which will be held in Harrisburg in October.  Connie is also a 4-H volunteer with the Blue Ribbon Driven 4-H Club and enjoys helping youth members with the trail course at 4-H Horse Camp.