Southeast Arkansas youth participate in 4-H State Horse Show

SEARCY – More than 100 youths from 26 counties added up to 902 entries, making the 2014 Arkansas 4-H H State Horse Show the largest in the last five years.

Ashley, Benton and White counties had the most youths participate in the horse show, with 12 youths from each county. The show was recently held at the White County Fairgrounds.

“The show went very well and was actually better than expected considering the new classes and new exhibitors,” said Mark Russell, assistant professor of equine extension for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

This year’s Arkansas 4-H State Horse Show brought 902 contest entries from just the 4-Hers. “It’s definitely the highest it’s been in the five years that I’ve been here,” Russell said. “Although last year we had 900 entries,” 100 were participants in a barrel race fundraiser, so the total for 4-H entries in 2013 was 800, he added.

The entries included educational contests such as horse judging, hippology, public speaking, individual demonstration, team demonstration and horse bowl.

The other contests included western dressage, which is a combination of classical dressage and a traditional western riding to train horse and rider work as a team, goat-tying contest, barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole race, stake race, and other agility performances.

The keyhole race, a speed event that tests the quickness in riding and a horse’s turning agility in a “keyhole” shape, had the highest number of entries with 52 total entries.

“The weather was also fantastic and kept everyone in happy spirits the entire week,” Russell said.

A total of 110 participated the horse show. Below is the list of 4-Hers from Southeast Arkansas who participated:

Desha County: Annabella Day, Mary Mencer

Drew County: Ethan Young

Grant County: Lacey Lively, Jordyn Plunkett, Katie Vermilyea

Jefferson County: Samantha Faulkner, Elizabeth Fults

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service administers the State Horse Show and only youths enrolled in the 4-H Horse program can compete.

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