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Carroll County 4-H members attend State 4-H Horse Show

Local riders and stable managers bring home ribbons and awards

The 2010 Carroll County 4-H Equestrian Team includes (front row, left to right) Brianna Rose, Megan Jenkins, (second row) Samantha Theriault, Tori Dansereau, Shonoa Straw, (back row) Linda Corson (chaperone), Megan Horne, Jamie Arsenault, Caitlyn Horne, and Sandy Straw (chaperone). (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
August 04, 2010
On July 16-18, three members from the Freedom Sidepassers 4-H Club and five members from the Abenaki Trail Riders 4-H Club in Tuftonboro attended the State Horse Show. Representing the Carroll County 4-H Equestrian Team were Jamie Arsenault, Tori Dansereau, Brianna Rose and Caitlyn Horne as stable managers and Shonoa Straw, Megan Jenkins, Samantha Theriault, and Megan Horne as riders.

Individual ribbons were awarded to Megan Jenkins, who received blue in showmanship, red in hunt seat equitation, red in hunter pleasure, and red in hunter under saddle. Shonoa Straw received a blue ribbon in showmanship, a red in equitation, a high point blue in trail and a red in hunter under saddle. Samantha Theriault received a white ribbon in showmanship, a white in equitation, a blue in pleasure and a red in trail. Megan Horne received a blue ribbon in showmanship, a blue in equitation, a red in pleasure and a blue in hunter Under Saddle. Shonoa Straw and Caitlyn Horne placed 8th and 9th in the judging class among all the 4-Hers in the state.

At the 4-H State Horse Show, in addition to their riding, riders are judged on a written horse knowledge quiz and a judging class. The show is an evaluation of a rider's total horsemanship skills and knowledge, with the ultimate goal of qualifying to ride in the Eastern States Exposition with riders from around the Northeast.

County team awards were given to Megan Jenkins, who scored high point on the quiz; Shonoa Straw, who received high point in judging, and Megan Horne, who received the overall High Point Award. Tori Dansereau was honored with the Pooper Scooper award as most helpful stable manager. This award is determined by the other riders on the team. One team member commented that, "it was a tough decision, as all stable managers worked very hard."

The team from Carroll County had a great time and scored big points with the riders from the other counties by hosting an ice cream social for all the riders and coaches at the show. "We must have served over 175 people that night," commented Megan Jenkins.

During the year, 4-H horse club members build their horse knowledge and participate in a quiz bowl and other 4-H events where they can test their equine knowledge and skills against other 4-Hers from around the state. 4-H horse clubs are open to all youth, whether they ride horses or not. Members who ride horses have the opportunity to ride in the state horse show in either western or English styles, cart driving or Gymkhana (barrel racing) classes. Riders are judged against a standard in their horsemanship skills and receive ribbons based on their scores.

Riders also must participate in a fitting and showmanship class where they clean their horse and tack, then make their best presentation to a judge. They take a horse knowledge quiz, and participate in horse judging where they evaluate and rank horses in a group based on confirmation and characteristics of the group. Members who do not ride can participate in the quiz and judging and as stable managers to work to help and support the riders as they prepare for their different show classes.

4-H is the youth program of the U.N.H. Cooperative Extension and has the mission to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to enable them to become self directing, productive and contributing members of society.

For more information on joining 4-H as a member or an adult volunteer, contact Claes Thelemarck, U.N.H. Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 1480, Conway, NH 03818, call the office at 447-3834 or email claes.thelemarck@ unh.edu.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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