4-H Horse Show Names Winners
- By Wendy M. Sorrell
New Haven--It was a whirlwind four days for the 92 4-H equestrians, including 11 4-H alumni, who competed in more than 100 English and Western equitation classes at the annual Vermont 4-H State Horse Show, July 12-15.
The 4-H'ers, 8 to 18, also participated in the 4-H Division, which consisted of fitting and showmanship, quiz bowl, judging, a general knowledge written exam and 4-H project class, with the combined scores from these events determining the championships. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sponsored the horse show, which was held at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven.
The 4-H Division winners were:
- BEGINNER: Champion--Madeline Langlois, Westford; Reserve Champion--Kelsey Paradee, Swanton
- ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Emeillia Gomo, Chester; Reserve Champion--Jasmine Mooney, St. Johnsbury
- JUNIOR (13 and under): Champion--Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford; Reserve Champion--Chloe Barewicz, Jericho
- SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Betsy Coburn, Castleton; Reserve Champion--Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport. As senior champion, Betsy also won the Paul Quinn Memorial Award, given in memory of a long-time supporter of the Vermont 4-H Horse Show.
The Champion 4-H Showmanship award went to Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport, for placing first in the fitting and showmanship competition. Reserve Champion was Kelsey Paradee, Swanton.
The following 4-H'ers won championships in the various divisions:
ENGLISH DIVISION (based on combined scores in equitation, trail, pleasure and either road hack or hunter under saddle classes):
- BEGINNER: Champion--Kelsey Paradee, Swanton; Reserve Champion--Madeline Tylenda, Essex
- ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Greta Friesen, Hinesburg; Reserve Champion--Megan Carson, Windham
- JUNIOR: Champion--Anna-Lisa Cooledge, Westford; Reserve Champion--Tayah Fuller, Poultney
- SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Alexis Marnellos, Lincoln; Reserve Champion--Callon Fish, Rutland
WESTERN DIVISION (based on combined scores from equitation, trail, performance and pleasure classes) were:
- BEGINNER: Champion-- Elizabeth Brown, Vernon; Reserve Champion--Viola Brown, Vernon
- ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion-- Britney Zager, Gill, Massachusetts; Reserve Champion--MaKayla LaFlam, Guilford
- SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Reserve Champion--Emma Cushman, Barre
GYMKHANA (speed pattern racing and timed games on horseback):
- BEGINNER: Champion-- Summer Le, Colchester; Reserve Champion--Adaline Ploof, Westford
- JUNIOR (13 and under): Champion--Emily Lang, Hinesburg; Reserve Champion--Jenna Dolloph, Chester
- SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Garrette Shanks, Vernon; Reserve Champion--Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport
DRIVING DIVISION: Chloe Barewicz, Jericho
In addition to championships, several special awards were presented at the event:
- Dressage High Point Award: Catera Doner, New Haven
- Designated Hit Trophy (overall high points in the 4-H Division): Anna-Lise Cooledge, Westford
- Jim Wallace Memorial Pleasure Class Award (top finisher in this class): Phoebe Mason, Hinesburg
- Outstanding 4-H Member Award (for overall achievement in the UVM Extension 4-H horse program): Hailee Blades, Jeffersonville. To be eligible for this award, 4-H'ers must participate in three New England 4-H Horse Shows at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and three Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundups in Louisville, Kentucky.
- Melissa Issler Alumni Equitation Class for 4-H alumni: Holly Weglarz, Hartland
- Marci Mac plaque (winner of the versatility class): Faith Ploof, Westford
The 4-H Club Award is presented to the club with the highest combined scores in general knowledge, judging, quiz bowl, fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes. Seventeen clubs were represented at this year's show. The winner was the Whispering Pines 4-H Club of Westford.
To learn more about the Vermont 4-H Horse Program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 651-8343, ext. 513.