2023 4H State Horse Show

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The 4-H State Horse Show is an event organized by the 4-H youth development program, which is a nationwide initiative in the United States that aims to empower young people through hands-on learning experiences. The program is operated by the Cooperative Extension System, a partnership between state land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 4-H State Horse Show specifically focuses on horsemanship and equestrian skills. It typically involves participants from various counties within a state who have excelled in local and regional horse-related activities, competitions, and training programs. The State Horse Show serves as a culmination of these efforts, allowing participants to showcase their horsemanship skills and compete against peers from across the state.

At the 4-H State Horse Show, participants may compete in a variety of equestrian disciplines, including:

Dressage: A form of riding that emphasizes precision and harmony between the horse and rider as they perform a series of predetermined movements.

Jumping: Involves riding a horse over a series of obstacles, testing the rider’s ability to guide the horse accurately and jump cleanly over

Horsemanship: Evaluates the rider’s overall horsemanship skills, including their control, communication, and handling of the horse. hurdles.

Western Riding: Focuses on the skills and techniques associated with Western riding styles, such as barrel racing, pole bending, reining, and trail riding.

Hunt Seat Equitation: Emphasizes the rider’s form and control over the horse while riding over fences or on the flat.

Showmanship: A class that assesses the handler’s ability to present the horse effectively to judges, showcasing the horse’s grooming, behavior, and obedience.

Chatham County winners are:

Horse Show:  Kyra Worth, Claire Stockel, and Brooke Peterson all showed and brought home ribbons in very large and competitive classes.

Outstanding Youth Service Award – Congratulations to Kyra Worth! A photo will go in the trophy case at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh and the Martin Agriculture Arena in Williamston noting the award.

NC 4-H Horse Program Achievement Award Winners are:

EMERALD STATUS : Hannah Williams

GOLD STATUS: Austen Stinson-Miller and Victoria Smith

The 4-H State Horse Show provides participants with an opportunity to demonstrate their dedication to equestrian pursuits, share their achievements with fellow horse enthusiasts, and receive recognition for their hard work and accomplishments. It’s also a chance for participants to learn from experienced judges and interact with other young equestrians from around the state.

Each state’s 4-H program may have its own specific guidelines, rules, and event formats for the State Horse Show. If you’re interested in participating or learning more about a specific the 4-H State Horse Show, contact the Chatham County 4H office.