The 59th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held Oct. 26 to 28 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 74 performance classes throughout the weekend. There were over 1,500 entries shown by youth who qualified for the show.
The State 4-H Horse Show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. Events include showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs is also included. Results and photos from the show are available on the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program website.
Berks County 4-H Members with Champions:
• State Champion in Breed Type Hunter U/S 14-18
Chloe Sullivan, Pottstown
• State Champion in English Showmanship age 8-11
Ava Fedak, Pottstown
• Reserve State Champion in Open Trail Horses age 8-11
Caitlin Diffendal, Gilbertsville
• Reserve State Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat age 8-11
Ava Senseny, Barto
Berks County 4-H Members top ten placing results:
• Beginner Western Horsemanship
3rd place – Lindsay Diffendal, Gilbertsville
4th place – Lilly Sutch, Gilbertsville
• Beginner English Equitation
9th place – Megan Salamone, Reading
• Beginner Trail
5th place – Lilly Sutch, Gilbertsville
• Beginner Western Pleasure
10th place – Lilly Sutch, Gilbertsville
• Western Grooming and Showmanship age 8-11
10th place – Lindsay Diffendal, Gilbertsville
• English Grooming and Showmanship age 8 -11
5th place – Ava Senseny, Barto
English Grooming & Showmanship age 12-14
3rd place – Grace Mayberry, Douglassville, PA
10th place – Caitlin Diffendal, Gilbertsville, PA
• English Grooming and Showmanship age 15-18
10th place – Chloe Sullivan, Pottstown
• Miniature Horse Driving, 14-18
6th place – Chloe Sullivan, Pottstown
• Cutback Ponies age 8-13
4th place – Caleb Moyer, Mertztown
• Barrel Race Ponies age 8-13
7th place – Caleb Moyer, Mertztown
• Raised Box Keyhole Ponies age 14-18
10th place – Lucas Moyer, Mertztown
Equine Educational Exhibits were on display throughout the show for youth to demonstrate acquired horsemanship knowledge. Exhibits were judged on equine-related facts and educational content. The reserve grand champion was the exhibit entitled “Breathe Deep: Your Horse’s Respiratory System” by Andrew Long, 4-H member of the Berks Saddle-ites 4-H Club. Megan Vance, a 4-H member of the Blue Ribbon Riders 4-H Club also entered an exhibit called, “Something in the Way They Move: Equine Biomechanics”.
The 20th Annual State 4-H Model Horse Show was held on Saturday in the cafeteria on the third floor. The Model Horse Show provides a means for youth to learn and perfect the hobby of collecting and showing model horses, while also learning about horse breeds, history, tack, equipment and related horse information. The model show is an opportunity for youth that may not be able to own and show live horses to participate in the show and learn more about the horse industry. Andrew Long and Elizabeth Jones, both 4-H members in the Berks Saddle-ites 4-H Club participated in the model horse.
There are over 4,500 4-H horse projects involving youth throughout Pennsylvania. Programs are designed to develop life skills in youth and knowledge of horse production, use and management.
For additional information on 4-H horse programs in Pennsylvania, contact your county Penn State Cooperative Extension office at extension.psu.edu/counties or visit the Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program web site at extension.psu.edu/4-h/projects/horses.