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4-H Young Riders participate in activities

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By Roberta Hunt

The 4-H Young Riders have certainly had a busy spring and summer with members participating in many events and activities. They would like to share the results of their hard work and let everyone know the various opportunities offered to any young person interested in horses through the 4-H program.
On April 15-17, nine club members attended the  District 5 4-H Horse Camp held at the Casey County Fairgrounds. Participants were: Brandon Wells, Katie Carney, Trey Cheatham, Chassity Lewis, Tommy Harmon, Hannah Harmon, Kailey Loudendburg, Alley Loudenburg and Chelsea Brak. At camp, participants worked on both showmanship and horsemanship skills as well as studying horse related topics and having fun with their annual horse camp talent show.
On May 21, the Wells Family hosted a trail ride on their farm. The Young Riders enjoyed a two hour trail ride and cookout on the Well’s farm. Trail rides give club members an opportunity to improve on riding their horses on different terrain and a chance to socialize and get to know everyone better. The club also hosts at least one fundraising trail ride each year to raise money for a local cause.
On May 28, seven club members participated in the District 5 Horse Show which was held at the Casey County Fairgrounds in Liberty, Ky. All of the club members that participated qualified to go on to the State 4-H Horse Show. The results were as follows:
Katie Carney - Trail Pleasure Racking, Jr. - Blue, Western Country Pleasure Racking – Blue, 1st place, Showmanship II - Red
Brandon Wells   - English Plantation Pleasure – Blue, 1st place, Western Plantation Pleasure – Blue, 1st place, Trail Pleasure Walking, Sr. - Blue, 1st place, Showmanship III – Blue, 1st place
Chelsea Brak - Trail Pleasure Walking, Jr. - Red, Western Country Pleasure – Red, Showmanship III - White
Tommy Harmon - Trail Pleasure Walking, Jr., Western Country Pleasure – Red, Showmanship I - Red
Hannah Harmon - Trail Pleasure Walking, Jr. - Red,   Western Country Pleasure – Blue, 3rd place, Showmanship I – Blue 2nd place
Trey Cheatham - Trail Pleasure Walkiing, Jr. - Blue, Western Country Pleasure – Red, Stock Seat Equitation – Blue, 1st place,     Showmanship I – Blue, 3rd place
Kailey Loudenburg - Western Country Pleasure,   English Country Pleasure – Blue, 1st place, WRM English Equitation – Blue, 3rd place, Showmanship III – Red, 3rd place
On June 6, club members brought their horses and had horse rides at the Salt River RECC Annual Meeting in Bardstown. The great weather kept them busy for four hours giving young people, many for the first time, a chance to enjoy riding a horse.
On June 6, club members brought their horses and had horse rides at the Salt River RECC Annual Meeting in Bardstown. The great weather kept them busy for four hours giving young people, many for the first time, a chance to enjoy riding a horse.
On June 9 and 10, the State 4-H Horse Contests were held in Lexington. Contests included horse judging, hippology, quiz bowl, speeches, demonstrations, photography and many craft and art categories.  Members participating and their placings were:
Brandon Wells - 2nd place – Sr. Craft Art Kit, 4th place  - Level II 5 photos showing movement,  4th place – Level II Digital Collage, 6th place – Level II Collection
Tommy Harmon - 6th place – Jr. Art Original Design, 6th place – Level II 5 photos showing movement, 7th place – Level II photo collection
Hannah Harmon - 5th place – Jr. Craft Art Kit, 4th place – Level I photo single, 10th place – Sequence of 3 photos, 2nd place – Level I 5 photo event
Project club members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of 4-H so that they receive recognition in many areas. This year, two Young Riders have been recognized in the Kentucky 4-H Honors program. Brandon Wells received his Gold Honors at the State 4-H Teen Conference on June 14 on the University of Kentucky campus. Receiving her Bronze Honors this year is Kailey Loudenburg. Both will also be recognized during the Kentucky State Fair in August for their accomplishments.
One of the biggest highlights each year for 4-H horse club members across the state is the weeklong State 4-H Horse Show held on the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in Louisville. This year, five Washington County 4-H members competed on July 4 and 5. Those participating and their awards are as follows:
Brandon Wells -  English Plantation Pleasure – Blue, 2nd place, Western Plantation Pleasure – Blue, 3rd place, Trail Pleasure Walking, Sr. - Blue, 4th place, Showmanship III – Blue, 6th place
Kailey Loudenburg - Western Country Pleasure – Blue, 5th place,   English Country Pleasure – Blue, 4th place, WRM English Equitation – Red, 8th place, Showmanship III – Red
Trey Cheatham - Western Country Pleasure – Blue, 6th place, Showmanship I – Blue, 1st place, Trail Pleasure Walking, Jr. - Red, 6th place, Stock Seat Equitation – White, 5th place
Tommy Harmon     Western Country Pleasure – Blue, 8th place, Showmanship I – Blue, 6th place, Trail Pleasure Walking, Jr. - White
Hannah Harmon     Western Country Pleasure – Blue, 10th, Showmanship – Blue, 12th, Trail Pleasure Walking, Jr. - White
A special surprise came for one of the 4-H Young Riders on July 8 at the culmination of the State 4-H Horse Show. Brandon Wells was recognized and awarded one of the State 4-H Horse Council scholarships for $500. The highly competitive scholarship program awards two scholarships each year to outstanding Kentucky 4-H horse program participants.  Congratulations to Brandon.