There is more to the 4-H horse program than just riding and shows, and it takes more than saddle time to become an outstanding rider.
Nine 4-H members, including four Currituck County FFA members, spent the last month learning judging standards, learning information about different breeds and riding disciplines, studying the parts of the horse, developing a keen eye and taking classes by Placing horses and learning to verbally defend their decisions.
These outstanding riders competed in the 4-H and FFA State Horse Judging Competitions held on Saturday April 9, 2022 at Martin Community College in Williamston, NC.
Over 100 young people competed to determine the best horse judge in nine different classes. The junior team of Carsyn Sawyer, Emerson Page, Poppy Wright and Lia Suthers took first place in the state. Carsyn won the highest-scoring singles in the junior class while Emerson placed second. Poppy placed seventh overall.
The senior team of Cayden Lowe, Haley Bisese, Amber Jones and Anna Talley finished sixth overall in the senior 4-H division and second overall in the senior FFA division. Sori Suthers finished third overall in singles in the senior rookie division. It was the first time that one of these youngsters took part in this competition.
Congratulations to all of these award winners. For more information on this competition or other 4-H youth riding events, contact Tom Harrell at [email protected] or call the Currituck Extension Center at 252-232-2261.
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