4-H Youth Compete In Horse Show

DUNKIRK – Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development Program’s 4-H Horse Project participants were judged by Jo Anne Young in the 4-H Western Horse Show. Youth participated in Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Pleasure classes. In Showmanship, horses are shown in-hand and the youth are judged on handling skills, and how well they work with and know their animal.

In Horsemanship classes riders must perform a pattern and work their animals on the rail; the pattern is 75 percent of the overall evaluation. In Pleasure classes horses are evaluated on ease of handling and judges look for the animal and rider that are having the most fun and performing to the best of their abilities.

At the Western 4-H Show, Kendra Hockran took the honors of Senior Grand Champion with Carissa Peterson taking Senior Reserve Champion. In the Amateur Division, Katie Sampson received Amateur Grand Champion with Katie Fairbanks receiving Reserve. In the Walk/Trot Division, Corinne Covert received Grand Champion with Samantha Powell taking Reserve Champion. Grand Champion Showman for 2014 is Kendra Hockran and Reserve is Corinne Covert. The State Fair Western qualifiers in the Senior Division are Kendra Hockran, Carissa Peterson, Montana Pope and Rachel McCarthy.

In the 4-H Mini Equine Division, Montana Pope received Grand Champion honors with Stephanie Rogers taking Reserve Champion. Junior Grand Champion was awarded to Corinne Covert with Lydia Covert receiving Reserve Champion. All four of these mini-equine handlers qualified for the NYS Fair.