Local Trails and Rails 4-H Members Are Winners!

— Written By Donna Tulley and last updated by

On Sunday, May 4th, members from our local 4-H Horse Club went to the Western North Carolina Ag Center to compete in the District 4-H Horse Show. Madeline Harrison and Bree Anderson both brought home ribbons. Madeline won Champion in Western Division and was the Reserve Champion in Hunter Division (English riding). Bree won Champion in Gaming Division. Participation and placing in the District show, qualifies both competitors to compete at the State level in Raleigh, July 9 – 13, at the State Fair grounds. If they are as successful at state as they were at the district level, they may continue on to Southern Regional competition at the end of July.

The participants were responsible for the care of their horse, including grooming, bathing, mane dressing and feeding. There were also responsible for cleaning the stalls and maintaining the tack for their horses. Each division was judged on the specific characteristics for that class of riding. The participants are judged on appropriate attire for the specific class, their ability to control and handle their horse, riding style, proper tack for their horse, and knowledge…about their style of riding and horses in general. In the Gaming division, they are also judged on speed. Gaming covers two types of barrel racing, flag race, poles and stake race.

June 30 through July 2, five of the Trails and Rails members are planning to attend the annual Horse Clinic in Fletcher, NC at the WNC Ag Center. At this event, they will continue to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in working with horses.

For more information about 4-H in Clay County, contact Donna Tulley at 828-389-6305 or email donna_tulley@ncsu.edu. 4-H is North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s youth development program. Come join the Revolution of Responsibility!

Madeline 4H District

Bree 4H