2017 Pennsylvania State 4-H Junior Horse Championship Show

The 4th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Junior Horse Championship Show was held July 22-23, 2017 at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. More than 150 4-H members from across Pennsylvania exhibited horses in performance and in hand classes, totaling over 500 entries for the weekend.

The 4th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Junior Horse Championship Show was held July 22-23, 2017 at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. More than 150 4-H members from across Pennsylvania exhibited horses in performance and in hand classes, totaling over 500 entries for the weekend.

The Junior Horse Championship Show is the premier competition of the year for most 4-H horse members enrolled in junior horse projects. Events include breed conformation and futurity classes for yearling to 5 year old horses, as well as barrel and driving futurities. In Hand Trail and Performance Skills classes were also part of the Junior Horse Show. Results from the show are available on the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program website.

All exhibitors competed at a preliminary level in each class for a merit placing. At this level each entry was evaluated against a standard of excellence and received a blue, red, or yellow merit placing. Blue merit placings then advanced to a championship class, where they competed against all blue merit winners in their division. Winners of all championship classes were awarded a neck sash and a Junior Horse Championship Show jacket. Winners of all In Hand championship classes then advanced to compete for Grand Champion honors. A Champion Master Showman was also awarded to the top exhibitor in the Master Showman championship class out of 22 preliminary entries.

There are over 6,000 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 or visit the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program website.

Jr. Horse Championship Show