Hayley Smith and Kayla Lindsey of Gulf County, Area A, were two of 50 Florida 4-H youths who qualified at the Florida 4-H Horse Show in July for the Southern Regional Show in Perry, GA, which was held Aug. 1-5. The events the two competed in were Poles, Barrels and Stake races, along with participants from 13 states across the Southern Region, including Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, 77 riders competed in the Poles, with Lindsey placing seventh in a time of 21.831 seconds and Smith finishing 14th with a time of 22.845.
Next up was the Barrels, where the two competed against 78 other riders. Smith’s time of 17.401 was good for eighth and Lindsey finished out of the top 15 finalists with a time of 19.657.
There were 68 riders competing in the Stake Race, with Smith finishing 15th with a time of 9.075 and Lindsey finishing in 9.657 seconds, not quite enough to reach the top 15.
The top 15 riders in each class advanced to Sunday’s finals. The final results are determined after the times of the two days are combined for calculating the placing and High Point Results.
On Sunday, Smith and Lindsey competed in the finals of the Poles. Lindsey placed fourth in a time of 22.771 to earn seven points. Smith earned five points with a sixth-place finish in a time of 23.490.
Smith earned four points in Barrels with a time of 17.815, good for seventh; and Smith added three points with a time of 8.763 seconds that placed her eighth among the final 15.
Smith ended up fourth in the Speed Events High Point Results among the top 22, finishing with 12 points and Lindsey’s 10 points were good enough for 10th.
All sponsors, volunteers and supporters of the Gulf County Big River Rider’s 4-H program congratulate Smith and Lindsey for “an astounding job competing in their classes.”
For more information about local 4-H programs, please contact the Gulf County Extension Office at 639-3200 or 229-2909 or visit www.gulf.ifas.ulf.edu.