The Gulf County 4-H Big River Riders Horse Club qualified four and recently sent three riders to the Florida State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa.

The Gulf County 4-H Big River Riders Horse Club qualified four and recently sent three riders to the Florida State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa.

The Riders exhibited their horses in five speed divisions and placed in the top 26 percent of the 131 senior riders at the sshow.

Great job, well done and we are very proud of your representation of Gulf County and the 4-H Big River Riders Horse Club.

Brooke McMillan and her horse Ike, Natasha Manos and her horse Taffy, and Madeline McMillian and her horse Sophia attended the show in Tampa.

Brooke McMillian placed in four of five events, earning fifth (out of 20 riders) in Speed Ground Handling, third with a time of 7.981 seconds (out of 22 riders) in Keyhole, first with a time of 8.706 seconds (out of 21 riders) in Stake Race, second with a time of 18.1 seconds (out of 25 riders) in Cloverleaf, giving her 33 points overall, good for seventh (out of 131) senior riders.

She was also seventh among the top 60 qualifiers for the regional horse show in Perry, GA.

Manos placed in three of five events, placing eighth (out of 20) in Speed Ground Handling, second in a time of 8.875 seconds (out of 21) in Stake Race, and third with a time of 18.406 (out of 25) in Cloverleaf Barrels.

Her 20 points placed her 20th among the top 60 senior qualifiers for the regional horse show.

Manos, a high school graduate, was selected second runner-up for the Horseman of the Year Scholarship, earning $100, a plaque and embroidered wheeled backpack.

Madeline McMillian placed in one of five events, finished ninth (out of 22) in Keyhole Race, not earning enough points for regional but “exhibiting her horse with great pride.”

Jared Archibald qualified for the state horse show but was unable to attend.

We wish to extend a thank you to the sponsors/donors that helped make the trip to Tampa a success.

Blountstown Tractor Supply donated shavings for their horse stalls, Wewa Outdoors donated hay for their horses, Duren’s Piggly Wiggly donated water, Gatorade and snacks to the 4-H’ers, Cantu Apries and Ms. F. Barnes donated dollars to assist with expenses and Rich’s IGA donated several chests of ice to keep our drinks and food cold throughout the trip.

Without donations and our fundraisers to help offset expenses for these 4-H’ers, it would not be possible for them to attend the shows and exhibit their horses and excel with their accomplishments.

The Gulf County Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. CT at the Michael Traylor Arena in T.L. James Park in Wewahitchka. Come and join us.

Our new year began Sept. 1 for membership enrollment.

We are looking forward to a 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 program, please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Office, 639-3200 or metaylor@ufl.edu.