Big River Riders 4-H club place in Tampa competition


Kayla Lindsey was one of nine riders who qualified to compete at the State Show in Tampa.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

On April 12-13, nine Gulf County youth participated in the Area A District Horse Show in Marianna, which they competed in Showmanship, Keyhole Race, Stake Race, Poles Bending and Barrel Race Classes.

There are 16 counties, Escambia, Jefferson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla, that make up Area A.

There were 35 participants this year. Seven of the nine Gulf County participants qualified to go to the 4-H State Show in Tampa on July 11-13. All nine of the youth placed in the District Show with following results: Brooke McMillian: 22 points, Kayla Lindsey: 17 points, Robin Outlaw: 16 points, Madeline McMillian: 13 points, Hayleigh McMillian: nine points, Desy Outlaw: nine points, Rylee Waters: seven points, Hayden Lee: three points and Landin Johnson: three points.

The cutoff points for qualifying to go to the 4-H State Show were five points which our top seven youths qualified. Each of the youths placed in one or more classes they exhibited in.

Kayla Lindsey placed 5th in Sr. Pole Bending 14 and over, earning seven points, 7th in Sr. Barrel Race 14 and over earning five points. She had a total of 12 points qualifying her for Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in West Monroe, La on July 30-August 3.

Robin Outlaw placed 8th in the Sr. Keyhole Race earning four points but not enough to qualify for the Southern Regional Championships.

Brooke McMillian competed in the 13 and under categories and placed 6th in Jr./Int. Keyhole, earning six points, 3rd in Jr./Int. Stake Race, earning nine points, 1st in Jr./Int. Pole Bending, earning 11 points, and 5th in Jr./Int. Barrel Race, earning seven points. She had a total of 33 points. Brooke also placed 8th in the Top 10 Juniors in the State, receiving a large plaque for her award.

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