Delaware 4-Hers Compete at 51st Annual State 4-H Horse Show

43 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 51st Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 29, 2016, 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 Amy Whitmore of Westminster, Maryland 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.
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– Peyton Ridgely exhibiting Premier Invitation- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Horse– Sierra Kane exhibiting Chipnotized – Kent County

Champion Western Pony– Samantha Greim exhibiting Arrow’s First April- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Pony – Dawson Mitchell exhibiting Star – Kent County

Champion English Horse– Ashley Bullock exhibiting Willie’s Lovely Lady- Kent County
Reserve Champion English Horse – Courtney Sarlouis exhibiting Grace’s Whisper- Kent County

Champion English Pony– Alexandria Herber exhibiting Definitely Bold – Sussex County
Reserve Champion English Pony – Olivia Gaines exhibiting GVHA Dreams Come True– Kent County

Grand Champion Walk Trot – Stephanie Strachar exhibiting Confidential – Kent County
Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Rachel Adkins exhibiting Loafer’s Lodge Cinderella – Kent 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 2016 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. Major sponsors and supporters of the 2016 show included the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, the Annett Farms Family, the Delaware Equine Council, the Delaware Quarter Horse Association, Delwood Trailer Sales, Inc., David and Victoria Elwood of Agile Rendering, Ltd., Jennifer Warrington and Toby O’Bryan.
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

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