Over 800 youth with 969 horses participated in performance and production classes and special events at the 54th Annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show, Harrisburg.
The state show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance and production projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county, regional and district levels.
Events include breed conformation and futurity classes for horses 5 years old and younger in the production division.
The performance division includes showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events.
Monroe County 4-H members earning state championships in the performance division:
Brook Buckman, Saylorsburg: 1st place Hunter Hack Ponies (14.2 hands and under); 1st place Hunter Seat Equitation over Fences, Sr. Division
Kayla Sobers, Saylorsburg: 1st place Hunter under Saddle Ponies (over 13.0 hands and not over 14.2 hands)
Megan Stock, Henryville: 1st place Saddle Seat Equitation, Senior Rider
Performance Reserve Grand Champions:
Brook Buckman, Saylorsburg: 2nd place Working Hunter Ponies (14.2 hands and under)
Kayla Sobers, Saylorsburg: 2nd place Low Working Hunter Ponies (14.2 hands and under)
Matthew Stock, Henryville: 2nd place Saddle Seat Pleasure, Non-Trotting
State Champions in the production division:
Taylor Edman, Effort: 1st place Stock Type Horse, Yearling Gelding
Julie Sobers, Saylorsburg: 1st place Hunter Type Pony, 3-year-old Gelding
Production Reserve Grand Champions:
Julie Sobers, Saylorsburg: 2nd place Thoroughbred, 3-year-old Gelding
Kayla Sobers, Saylorsburg: 2nd place Hunter Type Pony, 2-year-old Gelding
Also winning awards at the state horse show were: Mark Strunk, Stroudsburg 5th place Production Miniature Horse/Filly of this year; Rachel Strunk, 3rd place, Production Miniature Horse Colt/Gelding of this year; 4th place, Production Miniature Horse, 3-year-old Filly; 4th place, Production Miniature Horse, 2-year-old Filly.
Allyson Flurer, Kaylee Hoffman, Jeanne Keegan, Tami Pavolick, Ashley Warner and Austin Wilson will advance to and compete in the State Horse Show.
The 4-H horse program promotes knowledge of horsemanship, equine science and responsible equine use, care and management.