New Haven--For young equestrians, the annual Vermont 4-H Horse Show, July 6-9, provided an opportunity for friendly competition and a chance to show off their riding abilities to family, friends and other spectators.

More than 70 4-H'ers from 18 clubs took to the show ring at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven, competing in 130 different classes in English and Western-style riding and jumping as well as Gymkhana (speed pattern racing and timed games on horseback). They competed in quiz bowl, judging and general knowledge contests as well as fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes.

The show, which was sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, also included a division for youths without horses to allow them to test their knowledge of horses. Championships were awarded to the highest scorers in this division, based on their combined individual scores in quiz bowl, judging and general knowledge contests.

Horseless Division winners were:

  • JUNIOR (8-10): Champion--Natalie Beliveau, Williamstown; Reserve Champion--Abigail Frappier, Benson
  • JUNIOR (11-13): Champion--Grace Parks, Essex; Reserve Champion--Emma Cushman, Barre
  • SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Kimberly Gibson, Bristol; Reserve Champion--Lillie Tuckerman, South Woodstock

The 4-H Division winners were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Emeillia Gomo, Chester; Reserve Champion--Megan Carson, Windham
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Grace Trahnstrom, Mendon; Reserve Champion--Emily Lang, Hinesburg
  • JUNIOR (13 and under): Champion--Jenna Bennett, Swanton; Reserve Champion--Anna-Lisa Cooledge, Westford
  • SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Catherine Thrasher, Rupert; Reserve Champion--Courtney Bronson, Shoreham. As senior champion, Catherine also received the Paul Quinn Memorial Award. Quinn was a long-time supporter of the Vermont 4-H Horse Show.
  • Courtney Bronson, Shoreham, earned the Champion 4-H Showmanship award for her top placement in the fitting and showmanship competition. Reserve Champion was Holly Weglarz, Hartland.

Champions in the English Division (based on combined scores in equitation, trail, pleasure and either road hack or hunter under saddle classes) were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Greta Friesen, Hinesburg; Reserve Champion--Megan Carson, Windham
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Vivienne Babbott, Hinesburg; Reserve Champion--Phoebe Mason, Hinesburg
  • JUNIOR (13 and under): Champion--Anna-Lisa Cooledge, Westford; Reserve Champion--Addie Boutin, Essex Junction
  • SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Betsy Coburn, Castleton; Reserve Champion--Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport

Champions in the Western Division (based on combined scores from equitation, trail, performance and pleasure classes) were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Kelsey Paradee, Swanton; Reserve Champion--Elizabeth Brown, Vernon
  • ADVANCED BEGINNER: Champion--Ashley LaFlam, Guilford; Reserve Champion--Gregory Bachand, Randolph
  • SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Courtney Bronson, Shoreham; Reserve Champion--Kylee Taylor, Athens

Gymkhana champions were:

  • BEGINNER: Champion--Megan Carson, Windham; Reserve Champion--Britney Zager, Gill, Massachusetts
  • JUNIOR (13 and under): Champion--Jenna Bennett, Swanton; Reserve Champion--Jenna Dolloph, Chester
  • SENIOR (14-18): Champion--Arin Kenyon, Chester; Reserve Champion--Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport

Other top award winners at the show included:

  • Dressage High Point Award: Allison Tourville, Fairfax
  • Designated Hit Trophy (overall high points 4-H Champion): Grace Trahnstrom, Mendon
  • Jim Wallace Memorial Pleasure Class Award (first-place finisher in this class): Callon Fish, Rutland
  • Outstanding 4-H Member Award (for overall achievement in the UVM Extension 4-H horse program):  Catherine Thrasher, Rupert, and Kassidy Wyman, Cambridgeport. Any 4-H'er who participates in three New England 4-H Horse Shows at Eastern States Expositions and three Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundups qualifies for this award.
  • Melissa Issler Alumni Equitation Class for 4-H alumni: Stephanie Wissel, Castleton
  • Marci Mac plaque (winner of the versatility class): Holly Weglarz, Hartland
  • 4-H Club Award (club with the highest combined scores in general knowledge, judging, quiz bowl, fitting and showmanship and 4-H project classes): Horsepower, Castleton

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


Wendy M. Sorrell