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:
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
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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