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4-H Riders club does well at State Horse Show

The 4-H Riders are Ariel Ronneberg, from left standing, Amber Booge, Courtney Pilkey and Hannah Arvik; Tlayne Reichling, from left kneeling,, Lydia Lutz, Victoria Lutz and Jolynn Gregerson and Kayla Platt, sitting. Jean Niemeyer was not present when the photo was taken. Submitted photo

After months of 4-H Trainings nine local girls competed at the State 4-H Horse Show.

Locally 4-H members in the 4-H Riders, led by leader Jill Arvik, participate in a variety of activities including local volunteer-led trainings and club meetings. Youth also have the option of participating in local and regional shows, trail rides, and western heritage.

The horse show is broken into three categories; the fast paced games with classes such as barrel race, performance with classes such as horsemanship and English equitation and the training project, a program designed to challenge and help youth train their untrained horse.

Kayla Platt competed in the level 4 division and received 2nd place. Also competing was Jolynn Gregerson.

In the performance/pleasure division five youths competed with one receiving champion honors with average class sizes of 20-35. Amber Booge competed in six events in the 8th grade division, receiving 1st in English equitation, 2nd in western pleasure, 3rd in English pleasure, 6th in horsemanship, 8th in showmanship and 9th in trail.

Hannah Arvik, competing in 7th grade division received 6th in English equitation and 8th in horsemanship. Kayla Platt received 9th in horsemanship 10th grade division. Also competing were Victoria and Lydia Lutz.

Four Hubbard County youths participated in games where average class sizes were 35-40 competitors. Courtney Pilkey competed in the 8th grade division, receiving 2nd in jumping figure 8 and 4th in barrels.

Ariel Ronneberg competed in the 6th grade division, receiving 3rd in jumping figure 8, 4th in barrels, 6th in key race, and 9th in poles. Also competing in games were Jean Niemeyer and Tlayne Reichling.

Jill Arvik, leader of the 4-H Riders, is proudest of the herdsmanship award where all group members worked together to present their horses and stalling to the general public. The group received 499 points out of a possible 500, the highest score since the early 90s.

To learn more about the 4-H program or to get involved please contact the Hubbard County Extension Office at 732-3391.

Haugen is director of the Hubbard County 4-H program.