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Delaware 4-H’ers Compete at 52nd Annual State 4-H Horse Show

35 Delaware 4-H Horse project members competed recently at the 52nd Annual State 4-H Horse Show held on July 28, 2017 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 Justin Smith of Ridgely, 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. Trail classes were evaluated by Ms. Morgan Scuse 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– Sydney Messick exhibiting Zip It Up Charlie- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Horse– Sydni Brown exhibiting A Country Porsche – Kent County

Champion Western Pony– Alexis Skodinzski exhibiting Lex- Kent County
Reserve Champion Western Pony – Dawson Mitchell exhibiting Fiesta – Kent County

Champion English Horse– Ashley Bullock exhibiting Willie’s Lovely Lady- Kent County
Reserve Champion English Horse – Kassidy Hearn exhibiting Hobby’s Honky Tonk- Kent County

Champion English Pony– Lauren Williams exhibiting Steel N Cookies-
Reserve Champion English Pony – Kenzie Ward exhibiting KW’s China Doll– Sussex County

Grand Champion Walk Trot – Stephanie Strachar exhibiting Confidential – Kent County
Reserve Champion Walk Trot – Paige Taylor exhibiting Big Boy Bernie – 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 2017 Betty Niblett Perpetual Trophy was Sydney Messick of the Peach Blossom 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 2017 show included the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and the Delaware Equine Council, the Delaware Quarter Horse Association.

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 8/01/2017