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4-H Equestrians Rack Up Wins at New England Horse Show

Fourteen Vermont 4-H equestrians participated in the horse show and other horse contests at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Sept. 19-22. They were: Front Row (left to right): Lauren Hodsden, Bridport; Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport; Hannah Lang, Essex; Emma Cushman, Barre; Faith Ploof, Westford; Allison Tourville, Georgia; Addie Boutin, Essex Junction. Back row: Chloe Barewicz, Jericho; Ella Haire, Hinesburg; Betsy Coburn, Castleton; Grace Parks, Essex; Samantha Blackmore, Charlotte; Lilia Kocsis, Vernon; Kylee Taylor, Athens. (photo: Lisa Muzzey/UVM Extension 4-H)

Burlington--Vermont 4-H horse delegates had a strong showing at the regional horse show at Eastern States Exposition, Sept. 19-22, in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Representing the state were ten 4-H'ers and four 4-H teen leaders, who assisted at the horse show but also had an opportunity to compete in their own division against teen leaders from the five other New England states. All delegates competed in a general knowledge contest, fitting and showing, judging and equitation classes in their respective divisions.

Vermont placed second in judging with rankings determined by combining the best four individual scores from delegate and teen leader horse judging for a state score. Highest overall individual scorers were Grace Parks, Essex (first); Allison Tourville, Georgia (third); Chloe Barewicz, Jericho (sixth); and Lauren Hodsden, Bridport (eighth). Hannah Lang, Essex, also placed in the top ten, coming in ninth.

In the general knowledge contest for delegates, Emma Cushman, Barre, took third, Hannah Lang, seventh, and Faith Ploof, Westford, ninth. Vermont's teen leaders swept the top three places in their division with Chloe Barewicz, first; Grace Parks, second; and Allison Tourville, third. Samantha Blackmore, Charlotte, was sixth.

Vermont 4-H'ers captured three division championships. Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport, won the Open English Championship, Lauren Hodsden, the Western Championship, and Hannah Lang, the In-Hand Championship. Kassidy also was named the Showmanship Champion.

In the fitting and showing competition for teen leaders, Chloe Barewicz, was first, Grace Parks, third, and Allison Tourville, sixth. In the delegates' Open English division, Kassidy Wyman came in first, Betsy Coburn, Castleton, fourth, and Addie Boutin, Essex Junction, eighth.

Other fitting and showing placements include Hunt Seat: Faith Ploof, second, and Ella Haire, Hinesburg, tenth. Western: Lauren Hodsden, fifth; Emma Cushman, sixth; and Kylee Taylor, Athens, tenth. Small equine: Hannah Lang, first. Lilia Kocsis, Vernon, also competed in fitting and showing in the Western Division but did not place in the top 10.

Individuals earning a first-place ribbon in the various performance classes were Emma Cushman (western command), Lauren Hodsden (western trail, western equitation), Hannah Lang (in-hand obstacles, in-hand suitability, in-hand command) and Faith Ploof (hunter over fences).

Several Vermont exhibitors also participated in the Team Challenge, in which four-member teams earned points for placements in various events. Only one or two 4-H'ers from any given state were permitted on each team. Vermonters on the top three teams were Chloe Barewicz (first-place team), Emma Cushman (second-place team) and Grace Parks (third-place team).

In addition, a Sportsmanship Award was awarded to one delegate from each state. Lilia Kocsis was the recipient for Vermont.

Accompanying the 4-H delegation were Mary Fay, Westford; Courtney Boutin, Essex; Jolene Fontaine, Jericho (barn manager); Heather Hodsden, Bridport; Lisa Muzzey, University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator; and Lisa Russin, Underhill. This was Fay's 50th year at the New England 4-H Horse Show at Eastern States Exposition.

For more information about the Vermont 4-H Horse Program, contact Wendy Sorrell at