4-H State Horse Show – July 11-14
Gulf County 4-H had four of the eight Area A District Horse Show (northwest Florida) exhibitors qualify for the 4-H State Horse Show in Tampa. Two of those Gulf County 4-H’ers attended: Brooke McMillian and her horse Ike, and Hayleigh McMillian and her horse Dusty. The 4-H’ers did an outstanding job of exhibiting their horses to earn many awards, placing Gulf County in High recognition.
There were 133 seniors competing in five Divisions: Western, Hunter, Saddle/Gaited, Speed (timed events) and Ranch. Brooke and Hayleigh competed in the Speed Division earning the following places and awards:
Speed Sr. Ground Handling: Brooke placed sixth in the top 10, earning 5 points; Hayleigh placed in the top 12.
Speed Sr. Keyhole Race: Brooke placed first with a 7.052, earning 10 points; Hayleigh placed fifth with a 7.692, earning six points; out of 18 Sr. exhibitors.
Speed Sr. Stake Race: Brooke place first with a 9.059, earning 10 points; Hayleigh placed second with a 9.554, earning nine points; out of 18 Sr. exhibitors.
Speed Sr. Pole Bending Race: Brooke placed first with a 22.571, earning 10 points; Hayleigh placed ninth, earning two points; out of 21 Sr. exhibitors.
Speed Sr. Barrel Race: Brooke placed first with 18.502, earning 10 points; Hayleigh placed third with 18.827, earning eight points; out of 20 Sr. exhibitors.
Awards Banquet: Brooke and Hayleigh earned a total of 70 points, averaging 35 points, awarding Gulf County 4-H the “High Point Small County Award.”
Gulf County 4-H was honored to earn the Small County Awards in 2012, 2016 and 2018 at the 4-H State Horse Shows.
Brooke McMillian earned 45 points, awarding her Speed Division High Point, All Divisions Overall High Point, High Point Florida Bred Horse Speed Division, 1ST Place of the Top 10 Senior Exhibitors and 1st Place of the Top 70 Exhibitors Awarded Regional Qualifier.
Hayleigh McMillian earned 25 points, awarding her 24th Place of the Top 70 Exhibitors Awarded Regional Qualifier.
Both riders qualified for the Southern Regional 4H Horse Show.
Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show – Aug. 1-5
4-H Southern Regionals represents 13 states, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. There were approximately 500-550 exhibitors from these states. Only top 10 places receive awards in each class of the divisions in the show.
Brooke McMillian’s results:
Breakaway Roping: placed fourth out of 15 exhibitors with a time of 28.00.
Ranch Roping: Brooke roped two cows with the same loop causing her to have an illegal catch and not placing out of 26 exhibitors.
Ranch Reining: Brooke scored a 65 points out of 51 exhibitors, placing her in the top 50 place exhibitors, but not placing her in the top 10 exhibitors. This was her and Ike’s first year entering in these classes and they did an exceptional job exhibiting in these classes.
Cowhorse (boxing only): placed 11th out of 49 exhibitors.
Pole Bending Preliminaries: Had a time of 23.235 out of 109 exhibitors placing her in the top 15 exhibitors to return to finals.
Finals: Brooke ran a time of 27.085 including a 5-second penalty. Her average time for both runs was 25.160 earning her 10th place of the top 10 exhibitors, placing in the top 10 percent of exhibitors.
Barrell Racing Preliminaries: Brooke had a time of 16.078 out of 112 exhibitors, but not well enough to place in the top 15 for finals, but placing her in the top 23 percent of exhibitors. All finalists had times of 15.002-15.999.
Stake Race Preliminaries: Brooke ran a time of 9.624 out of 93 exhibitors, but not well enough to place in the top 15 and for finals, but placing her in the top 25 percent of exhibitors.
Brooke and Ike have been a member of the Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club for 10 years and Brooke ended her final year with great honors at State and Regionals. We are very proud of Brooke and Ike’s accomplishments. Gulf County 4-H is looking forward to having her serve as an adult 4-H volunteer leader in the future.
Hayleigh McMillian's results:
Ranch Ground Handling: scored 44 points out of 66 exhibitors, placing her in the top 80 percent of exhibitors.
Ranch Riding: scored 68 points out of 87 exhibitors, placing her in the top 50 percent of exhibitors.
Ranch Trail: scored 65 points out of 78 exhibitors, placing her in the top 50 percent of exhibitors.
Pole Bending Preliminaries: Brooke had a time of 23.279 out of 109 exhibitors, placing her in 17th place.
Stake Race: Hayleigh had a time of 9.757 out of 93 exhibitors. She placed in the top 25 percent of exhibitors.
Barrel Racing Preliminaries: Hayleigh hit the first barrel, she finished working her horse through the pattern but she received a no time for the run out of 112 exhibitors.
Hayleigh and Dusty have been a member of the Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club for six years. Hayleigh has two more years in 4-H and we are looking forward to her future accomplishments.
Gulf County 4-H extends their sincere “Thank You” to all of our sponsors for their donations for the State and Regional Shows: Mr. Tony and Blountstown and Marianna Tractor Supply for their donations of shavings, Mr. Johnny Paul for donations of hay, and David C. Rich and Rich’s IGA for donations of water, Gatorade, snacks, and ice. “Thank you” to Miller Air Conditioning & Heating, Tamara McMillian and Henry Miller for their monetary donations. Without these monetary donations, many needed supplies and local fundraisers the 4-H’ers would not be able to attend the shows to exhibit their talents of training their horses.
Gulf County 4-H would also like to say a very special “Thank You” to the Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club organizational leader, Ms. Jean McMillian. Her expertise, time and love of horses and youth has made her an invaluable resource to Gulf County 4-H for over 40 years!
Join the Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club in 2018-19:
The Gulf County Big River Riders 4-H Horse Club meets the second Monday of each month, 6 p.m. CT at the Michael Trailer Arena, TL James Park in Wewahitchka. It is not a requirement to own or have access to a horse. We are looking forward to a great year of 4-H programming. Come join the fun!!!
New 4-H Year begins soon:
This 4-H year ends Aug. 31 and the new 4-H year begins Sept. 1. The Gulf County Extension Office would like to see more 4-H clubs (community, project, in school, afterschool, etc.) available to the youth in all of Gulf County. This expansion of clubs and programs will only be possible with the assistance of trained 4-H adult volunteers. Please contact Melanie Taylor at the Gulf County Extension Office: 639-3200 if you are interested in joining 4-H as a youth member or adult volunteer leader. Help us to “MAKE THE BEST BETTER.”