4-H members take first place honors in annual horse show|
Friday, December 28, 2012
HARRISBURG - Clearfield County was represented by 29 4-H members at the 53rd annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show held at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg Oct. 26 -28. More than 750 youth with 939 horses from 60 counties participated in 52 performance and 92 production classes, as well as other special events throughout the weekend. Four Clearfield County 4-H members came home with first-place wins.
The state show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse club members enrolled in performance and production projects. To be eligible to participate at the show, 4-H members must advance through qualifying competitions at county, regional and district levels. Events include breed conformation and futurity classes in the production division, plus showmanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail, county team, pleasure pairs and timed events in the performance division. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included.
All performance champions in the show were awarded leather bracelets with brass engraved plates donated by Perri's Leather of Lincoln University. Performance winners received champion ribbons and pewter plates, and production champions received champion ribbons and engraved photo plates.
All exhibitors in the therapeutic riding division received medallions donated by Hoy's Trophies and Awards of Export. Several sponsors donated items for the silent auction with proceeds to benefit the 4-H horse program. Show management and participants appreciate the continued support, generous donations and contributions from all show sponsors.
Clearfield County 4-H members, their hometowns, 4-H clubs, horses, classes, divisions and placement include:
- Emily Andrulonis, DuBois, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with Exceptional Zip, English grooming and showmanship, senior, participant; with SilkNTwist Reflections, Paint, 3-year-old fillies, fourth place and English pleasure futurity, 3-year-old futurity, sixth.
- Michaela Barber, Brookville, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with N VEST N DLITE BUTTR, Palomino, 2-year-old gelding, second.
- Marissa Douthit, Punxsutawney, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with Just Enough Radical, Western pleasure, horses, senior rider, fifth.
- Brooke Ell, DuBois, Renegade Riders 4-H Club, with Tayha, pole bending ponies, sixth.
- Cassandra Folmar, Luthersburg, Renegade Riders 4-H Club, with PSU Kuel Lil Nic, quarter horse, 3-year-old fillies, seventh.
- Chelsea Folmar, Luthersburg, Renegade Riders 4-H Club with PSU Hollywood Kuel, pleasure horse driving, 10th
- Brook Frantz, Reynoldsville, Silver Spurs 4-H Club, with Magic, shown Clover Leaf barrel race, ponies, fifth.
- Bradion Frantz, Luthersburg, Silver Spurs 4-H Club, with Tatiana Sasha, Clover Leaf barrel race, ponies, ninth; and pole bending, ponies, participant.
- Dustan Frantz, Reynoldsville, Silver Spurs 4-H Club, with Moonie, Clover Leaf barrel race, horses, 10th.
- Bree Gaines, Clearfield, All Zipped in Black 4-H Club, with Totally Zippin Hot, Appaloosa yearling fillies, third.
- Alexes Hannold, Luthersburg, Silver Spurs 4-H Club, with Taz, Clover Leaf barrel race, horses, fifth; and Raised Box Keyhole, horses, third.
- Ariel Hanst, DuBois, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with Radical Bar Queen, English grooming and showmanship, junior, ninth; open trail, horses, junior rider, eighth; and breed type hunter-under-saddle, horses, junior rider, participant; and with The Vital Heir, quarter horses yearlings of this year, third.
- Cheyanne Holes, Fallentimber, Rocky Ridge 4-H Club, with Maple Woods Hawks Storm Chaser, miniature horse yearling geldings, participant.
- Kyrsten Kowalczyk, Flinton, Rocky Ridge 4-H Club, with Maple Woods Struck By Design, miniature horses yearling geldings, sixth; and with Maple Woods Starfire, miniature horses 3-year-old fillies, first.
- Abby Lee, DuBois, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with Romandaros Laced in Smoke, miniature horse-in-hand trail, seventh; with Romandaros My Kinda Journey, miniature horse colts of this year, second; with Romandaros Magic Heart, miniature horse fillies of this year, second; and with Hidden Timbers Precious Streak, miniature horse yearling fillies, participant.
- Katelyn Matthews, Glasgow, Twisted Trails 4-H Club, with Mabels Lad, working hunter, horses, seventh; hunter seat equitation, over fences, senior rider, participant; and English grooming and showmanship, senior, participant.
- Elizabeth McAndrew, Brockway, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with General MacArthur, classic hunter under saddle, horses, senior rider, eighth; low working hunter, horses, participant; and hunter hack, horses, participant; with Lucy's Goldn Legacy, palomino fillies of this year/yearling fillies, second; with Golden Keystone Kid, Palomino 3-year-old geldings, first; and with Col. Bob's Skipa Peanut, English pleasure 4-year-old, futurity, participant.
- Fran McAninch, DuBois, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with One Quick Chicinic, novice reining, first; with Pretentious Cougar, Appaloosa fillies of this year, second; and with A Blazing Slapshot, Quarter Horse, colts of this year, fourth.
- Alexis Mulhollen, Glasgow, Twisted Trails 4-H Club, with I'm A Daydreamer, western pleasure, ponies 13 hands and under, third; and with Miss Breeze, miniature horse driving, participant.
- Thomas Neyman, Coalport, Twisted Trails 4-H Club with Sweet Caroline, Western grooming and showmanship, junior, participant.
- Darian Pflueger, Woodland, All Zipped in Black 4-H Club, with Leaguer's Black Te, Western horsemanship, junior rider, participant.
- Kristin Shaffer, Coalport, Twisted Trails 4-H Club, with Little Miss Petunia, hunter seat equitation, over fences, 10th.
- Mercedes Shultz, Smithmill, Rocky Ridge 4-H Club, with Maple Woods Spectra, draft-type fillies of this year/yearling fillies, first.
- Raylene Simmers, Fallentimber, Rocky Ridge 4-H Club with Maple Woods Lil Covergirl, miniature horse fillies of this year, fifth.
- Amber Sofronski, Irvona, Twisted Trails 4-H Club, with Scared of His Own Shadow, Western pleasure, ponies 13 hands and under, participant; and with Tally's Fancy Valentine, Pinto yearling fillies, second.
- Taylor Walborn, Falls Creek, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, With Pretty Tuff Truck, breed-type hunter under saddle, horses, senior rider, participant.
- Kilee Willett, Coalport, Rocky Ridge 4-H Club, with Maple Woods Lil Mini Me, miniature horse fillies of this year, sixth.
- Emily Williams, Clearfield, Blazing Saddles 4-H Club, with Loafers Lodge Pickadilly, hunter under saddle, ponies 13 hands and under, participant.
- Molly Wise, Brockway, Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club, with Ima Classy Sonny, classic hunter under saddle, horses, junior rider, seventh.
Upon arriving in Harrisburg, the Clearfield County 4-H horse members decorated their designated horse stalls around a "Little Red School House" theme. A special thank you goes out to Glenda Lee, 4-H volunteer leader of the Town and Country 4-H Horse and Pony Club for all her hard work on this project.
In addition to receiving a first place with her production project, Golden Keystone Kid, Liz McAndrew of Brockway was recognized for being a top five finalist for the state's outstanding 4-H horse member award during an awards ceremony Oct. 27. McAndrew is currently finishing up her 11th and final year as a 4-H member in Clearfield County. She is a freshman at Penn State University, University Park campus, where she is studying animal sciences.
The 2012 award winner was Rachel Sheffler of Westmoreland County. The remaining three finalists were Laken Delaney of Jefferson County, Angela Moretti of Indiana County and Caroline Van Pelt of York County.
4-H is a non-formal youth development educational program of Penn State Cooperative Extension for all youth between the ages of 8-19, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, religious creed, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
There are more than 6,500 4-H horse projects involving youth throughout Pennsylvania. Programs are designed to develop life skills in youth and knowledge of horse production, use, and management. For additional information about 4-H horse programs contact Jana Davidson at Penn State Extension, Clearfield County at 765-7878 extension No. 3.