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Nearly 100 4-H'ers Turn Out For State 4-H Horse Show

Vermont 4-H'ers from three 4-H clubs participated in a club class with a circus theme at the State 4-H Horse Show, July 11-14 in New Haven. From left: Allison Tourville, Fairfax; Alexis Boyd, Fairfax; Aidan Quimby, Underhill; Morgan Quimby (and her "lion"), Underhill; Madison Bentley, Richmond, (on her "elephant"); Faith Ploof, Essex Junction, (on her "zebra"); and Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville, (on her "clown") (photo credit: Caraline Flaherty)

New Haven--The annual Vermont 4-H Horse Show, held July 11-14 in New Haven, attracted 95 exhibitors from 21 4-H clubs plus two independent members.

The 4-H'ers competed in more than 100 different classes with a special Horseless Division in which participants without horses demonstrated their knowledge of horses through quiz bowl, judging and general knowledge contests. The event, sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, took place at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site.

Winners of the Horseless Division were:

  • JUNIOR (8-10): Champion--Isabella Joy, Essex Junction; Reserve Champion--Kendall Camacho, Fair Haven.
  • JUNIOR (11-13): Champion--Nicole Cutler, Waterbury; Reserve Champion--Emily Boyd, Fairfax.
  • SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Allison Bachmann, Ira; Reserve Champion--Jen Carp, Colchester.

Individuals earning top honors in gymkhana (speed pattern racing and timed games on horseback) were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Kylee Taylor, Athens; Reserve Champion--Cara Panton, Bristol.
  • JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Champion--Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; Reserve Champion--Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.
  • SENIOR (ages 14-18): Champion--Karli Knapp, Townshend; Reserve Champion--Amanda Ferguson, Springfield.

The 4-H Division winners, based on points earned from Fitting and showmanship, judging, quiz bowl, general knowledge test and 4-H project class were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Emma Cushman, Barre; Reserve Champion--Carly Jenkins, Jericho.
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Faith Ploof , Essex Junction; Reserve Champion--Eva Joly, Essex Junction.
  • JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Champion--Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Reserve Champion-- Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.
  • SENIOR (ages 14-18): Champion--Emma Pearson, North Hero; Reserve Champion--Cara Turnbull, Essex Junction. As Senior 4-H Champion, Emma also received the Paul Quinn Memorial Award, given annually in honor of Quinn, a staunch supporter of the Vermont 4-H Horse Show for many years.

Tiffany Couture, Milton, was named 4-H Showmanship Champion. The Reserve 4-H Showmanship Champion was David Gringeri, West Haven.

The 4-H'ers winning championships in the English riding classes (based on combined scores in equitation, trail, pleasure, and either road hack or hunter under saddle classes) were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Brittany Webber, West Burke; Reserve Champion--Madison Bentley, Richmond.
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Eva Joly, Essex Junction; Reserve Champion--Alexis Marnellos, Lincoln.
  • JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Champion--Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; Reserve Champion-- Kate McGranahan, Whitehall, N.Y.
  • SENIOR (ages 14-15): Champion--Allison Henson, Hinesburg; Reserve Champion--Emma Pearson, North Hero.
  • SENIOR (16-18): Champion--Stephanie Wissel, Castleton; Reserve Champion--Brooke Mobbs, Colchester.

Top winners in the Western division, based on combined scores from equitation, trail, performance and pleasure classes, included:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Carly Jenkins, Jericho; Reserve Champion--Emma Suker, Shrewsbury.
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Alyssa Noyes, Athens; No Reserve Champion.
  • JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Champion--Connor Jenny, Essex Junction; Reserve Champion-- Catherine Thrasher, Rupert.
  • SENIOR (ages 14 and 15): Champion-- David Gringeri, West Haven; Reserve Champion--Holly Weglarz, Hartland.
  • SENIOR (ages 16-18): Champion--Tiffany Couture, Milton; Reserve Champion--Mariah Harding, Barre.

The dressage high point award was won by Madison Wood of St. Johnsbury.

In addition to championships, several special awards were presented at the event.

The Outstanding 4-H Member Award, presented for overall achievement in the UVM Extension 4-H horse program, went to Jen Carp of Colchester.  To be eligible to receive this award, individuals must participate in the New England 4-H Horse Show at Eastern Exposition in W. Springfield, Mass., three times and the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky three times.

The Starry Nights 4-H Club of Jericho received the 4-H Club Award, given to the to the club whose members--based on the top three scores in each category--perform the best at the show in general knowledge, judging, quiz bowl, horseless general knowledge test, fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes.

Sonja Blanchard of Woodstock won the Melissa Issler Alumni Equitation Class for 4-H alumni who competed in the show as 4-H'ers. The award is given annually in memory of Missy Issler, a 4-H horse club member who died in 1999.

For her first-place finish in the pleasure class, Holly Weglarz, Hartland, earned the Jim Wallace Memorial Pleasure Class Award, which honors the memory of Wallace, a 4-H parent and longtime volunteer at the state 4-H horse show. Pauleena Kapoukranidis, St. Johnsbury, winner of the versatility class, received the Marci Mac plaque. This award is given by Mary Fay, a long-time 4-H horse leader and volunteer, in memory of her horse, Marci Mac, who was shown at the state 4-H horse show and other events by several 4-H members over the years as their project horse.

The 4-H exhibitor with the highest overall score in the 4-H division earned the Overall High Point 4-H Champion trophy. This award is given annually by the Ackerman family of Jericho in memory of their daughter Caitlin's horse, Designated Hit. This year's recipient was Catherine Thrasher of Rupert.

For information about the 4-H Horse Program in Vermont, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668 (toll-free in Vermont).