Appomattox 4-H Horse & Pony Club members

Appomattox 4-H Horse & Pony Club members Adam Foisy, showing Little Lady Bug, and Taylor Prince, showing Shes Topsy Turvy, participated in the State 4-H Horse Show held recently in Lexington at the Virginia Horse Center.

Horses, ponies, mules, and more were at the Virginia Horse Center the weekend of Sept. 13 for the State 4-H Horse Show. Taylor Prince and Adam Foisy, members of the Appomattox 4-H Horse and Pony Club participated. There were approximately 400 youth from across Virginia who participated in the state show which includes numerous divisions such as: Showmanship, Horsemanship, Equitation, Dressage, Hunter, Saddleseat and Gaited, Reining, Miniature, Pleasure, Driving, Side Saddle, and  Gymkhana (speed events).

During the event, the two riders earned ribbons in the events they competed in:

Adam placed:

4th place Senior Saddleseat Trotting/non Trotting Showmanship

1st place Senior Walking Horse and Pony Equitation

1st place Senior Walking Pleasure Horse/pony

1st place Senior Walking Pleasure

3rd place Non-Trotting Equitation Classic

1st place Walking Horse and Pony Pleasure Classic

Champion: Saddleseat and Gaited Division Walking Horse and Pony

Taylor placed:

3rd  place Senior Saddleseat Trotting/non Trotting Showmanship

2nd  place Senior Walking Horse and Pony Equitation

2nd  place Senior Walking Pleasure Horse/pony

2nd place Senior Walking Pleasure

4th  place Non-Trotting Equitation Classic

2nd place Walking Horse and Pony Pleasure Classic

Reserve Champion: Saddleseat and Gaited Division Walking Horse and Pony

Just to qualify for the state show, youth must have (1) Submitted an up-to-date Virginia Horse Project: Horse Management Record Book; (2) Completed one full year and enrolled in the second year of a 4-H horse project; (3) Qualified in a 4-H district show or state approved 4-H clinic (member and horse); 

(4) Participated in one county, area, or state 4-H event other than the 4-H district horse show; (5) Passed their Horsemanship Skills Evaluation; and (6) Be the primary caretaker of their horse at the show.

The above qualifications show the dedication these youth possess to excel in this sport, as well as earning some well-deserved ribbons to boot!

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