Delaware 4-H Youth Compete at 53rd Annual State 4-H Horse Show

43 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 53rd Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 27, 2018 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair. Put on by 4-H volunteers on the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, the show offers 4-H members the opportunity to show and learn under the guidance of capable volunteers and judges while having fun at the same time.

Judged this year by Rebecca Trego of Port Royal, Pennsylvania members competed in the required showmanship classes as well as horsemanship, equitation, trail, pleasure, driving and fun classes like barrel racing, egg and spoon, dollar bareback and costume. Trail classes were evaluated by Ms. Brooke Dixon of Smyrna, Delaware.

Champion and Reserve Champion Horse Show awards were sponsored by the Delaware Equine Council and the Delaware Quarter Horse Association respectively and were presented to the following 4-H members:

Champion Western Horse- Sierra Kane exhibiting Chipnotized- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Horse– Sydney Messick exhibiting Zip It Up Charlie- Kent County

Champion Western Pony- Alexis Skodzinski exhibiting Lex- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Pony–Keeley Rose exhibiting Lucky Duck – Sussex County

Champion English Horse- Ashley Bullock exhibiting Revitalize- Kent County
Reserve Champion English Horse – Danielle Eisemann exhibiting Midnight- Sussex County

Champion English Pony- Lanie Satterfield exhibiting Churchill’s Supreme Eclipse- Kent County
Reserve Champion English Pony – Rachel Adkins exhibiting Guda Dreams Come True– Kent County

Grand Champion Walk Trot – Savannah Messick exhibiting Roxy Dee Heart – Kent County
Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Gracie Ricker exhibiting Bright Eyed Hollywood – Sussex County

The Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy is presented to the 4-H member who acquires the most points in Showmanship and Equitation/horsemanship classes. Betty was the President of the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee at the time of her death and helping kids with horse projects was a passion of hers. The winner of the 2018 Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was Ashley Bullock of the Hearts 4-Horses 4-H Club in Kent County.

The annual horse show is open to any 4-H member on the Delmarva Peninsula or Delaware 4-H members. Thank you to our gold sponsors and supporters of the 2018 show including the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, Anytime Fitness Smyrna, the Delaware Equine Council, and the Delaware Quarter Horse Association. Silver Sponsors were Courageous Hearts Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Horse Power Show Hunters.

4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills. Join the revolution of responsibility! For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

New Castle County: (302)831-8965
Kent County: (302)730-4000
Sussex County: (302)856-7303

Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

STG 8/06/2018