Six members of the Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club competed at the 2017 Area A Horse Show in Marianna, Fl.; April 21-22.

 

 

Six members of the Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club competed at the 2017 Area A Horse Show in Marianna, Fl.; April 21-22.

Exhibitors included Brooke McMillian, Natasha Manos, Madeline McMillian, Jared Archibald, Allie Archibald and Michael Hensley.

Each member is allowed to enter only five Classes of the 59 classes in the six Divisions consisting of Dressage Performance, Speed Events, Saddle Seat & Gaited Performance, Hunter Performance, Western Performance and Ranch Performance. Exhibitors have the opportunity to demonstrate their accomplishments of Showmanship, Conformation/Hater (showing their horses in hand) and Horsemanship/Riding Skills.

During the event Brooke McMillian, Natasha Manos, Madeline McMillian and Jared Archibald earned enough points, qualifying to attend the Florida State 4-H Horse Show, this week in Tampa. Allie Archibald and Michael Hensley earned two points in the five classes entered, just one point shy of qualifying for the State 4-H Show.

Gulf County was well represented by these six 4-H’ers as they exhibited their accomplishments. Each of them earned points in their classes and placing in the top 85 percent, top 23 of the 27 Jr./Int . and Sr. exhibitors.

Area A consists of 16 counties and is allowed to take 70 percent of the 27 exhibitors attending to the Florida State 4-H Horse Show. Each exhibitor earning three points are eligible to attend the State 4-H Show, allowing Area A to take 21 exhibitors.

Brooke McMillian and her horse Ike-Sr. Division earned 17 points in Sr. Speed Events Division winning the Hi-Point Area A Sr. Speed Events Division award.

Natasha Manos and her horse Chics Tardy Miss “Taffy”-Sr. Division earned 14 points in Sr. Speed Events Division.

Jared Archibald and his horse Gypsey-Jr./Int. Division earned 8 points in Jr./Int. Speed Events Division.

Madeline McMillian and her horse CJ Whimpy Wishing Star “Sophia”-Sr. Division earned 6 points in Sr. Speed Events Division.

Michael Hensley and his horse Patch-Sr. Division earned 2 points in Sr. Speed Events Division.

Allie Archibald and her horse Poco DCC-Jr./Int. Division earned 1 point Jr./Int. Speed Events Division and 1 point in Western Pony Pleasure Division for a total of 2 points.

Brooke McMillian, Natasha Manos and Madeline McMillian will advance to State 4-H Show in Tampa. We regret that Jared Archibald will not be attending the State Show with us. Should Brooke McMillian, Natasha Manos and Madeline McMillian qualify at the State 4-H Show, they will be attending the Regional 4-H Show in August in Perry, GA. We wish them the best of luck. Only Senior exhibitors (or Jr./Int. exhibitors electing to show as a Seniors at Area A Show) advance to Regional 4-H Show.

Area A sponsors an Area A T-Shirt Design Contest each year and one of our own Gulf County 4-H members, Jared Archibald won first-place. The first-place design is printed on the front page of the Show Bill, there is a recognition write up inside the cover of the Show Bill and they receive a $50 Gift Card Award. This is Jared’s first year in 4-H and we commend him on his art abilities.

We commend each of these riders for their dedication, passion and accomplishments to the 4-H programs. We wish to thank each of our sponsors for their donations and each person for their purchases during our fund raisers during the year. Without these funds we would not have been in position for our 4-h’ers to attend these events. Any and donations are greatly appreciated so our youth can excel in and for our community, state and world. We will begin a new year 2017-2018, Sept. 1 and are looking forward to another great year of programs.

4-H is a youth development program for ages 5-18 that is greatly assisted by adult volunteers. If you are interested in participating as an adult volunteer or involving your child in the 4-H program, please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Office by calling 639-3200 or email metaylor@ufl.edu.

4-H is more than you ever imagined. Come join in the 4-H fun!