Vermont 4-H Horse Show Attracts 103 Competitors
- By Wendy Sorrell
New Haven--More than 100 Vermont 4-H'ers turned out for the Vermont 4-H State Horse Show, July 10-13 at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven. The annual event, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, attracted 79 4-H equestrians and 24 4-H club members who took part in a special Horseless Division.
The overall winners in the 4-H divisions, based on points earned from fitting and showmanship, judging, quiz bowl, general knowledge test and 4-H project class, were: (complete results listing)
BEGINNER: Champion--Emma Cushman, Barre; Reserve Champion--Chloe Stidsen, Hinesburg
ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Allison Tourville, Georgia; Reserve Champion--Madeleine Larson, Essex
JUNIOR (ages 8-13): Champion--Grace Senecal-Albrecht, South Burlington; Reserve Champion--Faith Ploof, Essex Junction
SENIOR (ages 14-18): Champion--Kaelyn Jenny, Essex; Reserve Champion--Allison Bachmann, Ira
As Senior 4-H Champion, Kaelyn was the recipient of the Paul Quinn Memorial Award, given annually in honor of Quinn, who was a strong supporter of the Vermont 4-H Horse Show for many years.
Kaelyn also was named the 4-H Showmanship Champion with the Reserve 4-H Showmanship Champion Award going to Allison Bachmann for their top placements in the fitting and showmanship competition.
In the English riding classes, based on combined scores in equitation, trail, pleasure and either road hack or hunter under saddle classes, the winners included:
BEGINNER: Champion--Sophie Zemianek, St. Albans; Reserve Champion--Bella Joly, Essex Junction
ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Charlotte Willis, Lincoln; Reserve Champion--Allison Tourville, Georgia.
JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Champion--Sydney Minnerly, Lincoln; Reserve Champion-- Grace Senecal-Albrecht, South Burlington
SENIOR (ages 14-15): Champion--Lexy Brooks, Whitehall, N.Y.; Reserve Champion--Catherine Thrasher, Rupert.
SENIOR (16-18): Champion--Allison Henson, Hinesburg, Reserve Champion--Allison Bachmann, Ira.
Individuals earning top honors in the Western Division, based on combined scores from equitation, trail, performance and pleasure classes, were:
BEGINNER: Champion--Kylee Taylor, Athens; Reserve Champion--Emma Cushman, Barre
JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Lauren Hodsden, Bridport; Reserve Champion--Alyssa Noyes, Athens
SENIOR (ages 14 and 15): Champion--David Gringeri, West Haven; Reserve Champion--Holly Weglarz, Hartland
SENIOR (ages 16-18): Champion--Karli Knapp, Townshend; Reserve Champion--Kennedy Mitowski, Rutland
Allison Henson of Hinesburg won the dressage high-point award.
Winners in Gymkhana (speed pattern racing and timed games on horseback) were:
BEGINNER: Champion--Kylee Taylor, Athens; Reserve Champion--Ashley LaFlam, Guilford
JUNIOR (ages 13 and under): Champion--Maddison Mayhew, Brattleboro; Reserve Champion--Eva Joly, Essex Junction
SENIOR (ages 14-18): Champion--Arin Kenyon, Chester; Reserve Champion-- Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport
In the Horseless Division, participants without horses demonstrated their knowledge of everything equine through quiz bowl, judging and general knowledge contests. Winners were:
JUNIOR (8-10): Champion--Halley Barnhart, East Calais; Reserve Champion--Ryley Dubois, Addison
JUNIOR (11-13): Champion--Hannah Lang, Essex; Reserve Champion--Alexia Diaz, Rutland
SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Ruth Snow, Shelburne; Reserve Champion--Ashley White, Northfield
In addition to championships, several special awards were presented at the event.
The Overall High Point 4-H Champion trophy went to the competitor with the highest overall score in the 4-H Division contests at the show. This award is given annually by the Ackerman family of Jericho in memory of their daughter Caitlin's horse, Designated Hit. Kaelyn Jenny of Essex was this year's recipient.
Kaelyn also earned the Jim Wallace Memorial Pleasure Class Award for her first-place finish in that class. The award honors the memory of Wallace, a 4-H parent and longtime volunteer at the state 4-H horse show.
Jessica Bachmann of Ira received 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 passed away in 1999.
The winner of the versatility class, Holly Weglarz of Hartland, received the Marci Mac plaque. This award is given by Mary Fay, a 4-H horse club leader and volunteer for more than 40 years, in memory of her horse, Marci Mac. Over the years several 4-H members showed Marci Mac as their project horse at 4-H horse events.
The 4-H Club Award was presented to the Starry Nights 4-H Club of Jericho. This award is given to the 4-H club whose members perform the best at the Vermont 4-H Horse Show (based on the top three scores in each category) in general knowledge, judging, quiz bowl, general knowledge test, fitting and showmanship as well as the 4-H project classes.
For their overall achievement in the UVM Extension 4-H horse program, Allison Bachmann, Ira, and Jennifer Dickinson, Colchester, the Outstanding 4-H Member Award. Any 4-H'er who has participated three times in both the New England 4-H Horse Show at Eastern Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., and the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Kentucky is eligible for this award.
To learn more about the Vermont 4-H Horse Program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668 (toll-free in Vermont).