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Yalobusha County 4-H horse program is back where it was in the 1980s and early 1990s.  During that time, our 4-Hers completely dominated the Northwest District 4-H horse show and were a factor in the state 4-H Horse show. After the performance held at the 2007 Northwest District Horse Show the last weekend of June, the message was clear – Yalobusha County 4-H Horse Program is back.  

Eleven 4-Hers entered just over 100 classes at the District 4-H Horse Show and will be entering close to 70 classes on July 12 – 14 at the State 4-H Horse Show.  

These young people  have been running their horses to prepare for state competition in the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building.

The youth, parents, and volunteers credit the Multipurpose Building and the local supervisors – both present and former – for providing the excellent facility to perfect their skills.  

The horse program looks to grow over the next few years and the 4-Hers and volunteers encourage everyone interested in horses and showing to become involved and help take Yalobusha County to the top youth horse program in the state.

At the recent District 4-H Horse Show, Yalobusha County won the high point community award by 111 points over second place Desoto County.  Local 4-Hers won four of the five high point awards with one young lady, Casey Moss, taking three of them.  

Moss, in her first year of eligibility, won the High Point Junior Exhibitor with 64 points, which was higher than eight of the 14 counties participating in the district show.  She also picked up High Point Junior Horse with her mare Jo-Jo and won the Cody Byford Memorial High Point Speed Award for the top speed event rider.  

Casey Byford picked up the Senior High Point Exhibitor Award with 46 points.  Her point total was also higher than six of the participating counties.  Casey Moss and Liz Roark won first place in the Junior Team Demonstration and advanced to the state competition.  

Yalobusha County had four Grand Champions, three reserve champions, and sixteen class winners.  Grand Champions went to Casey Moss in Grade Western Mares, Casey Byford in Registered Paint Mares, Shae Oates-Ward in Gaited Mares, and Delta Gill in Gaited Geldings.  

Reserve champions went to Liz Roark in Registered Quarter Horse Mares, Casey Moss in Under 48 Inches Pony Geldings, and J.W. Pipkin in Gaited Geldings.

First place class winners included:  Casey Moss – Pony Pleasure, Pony Hunter Under Saddle, Pony Stake Race (under 48”), and Grade Western Broodmares;

 Casey Byford – 2 – 3 Yr. Old Grade Western Geldings and 2- 3 Yr. Old Registered Paint Mare;

Austin Haynes – Junior Walk/Trot;

 Hayden Harbour – Grade Western 3 and Under Mares;

 Liz Roark – Registered Quarter Horse Broodmares, Hunter Under Saddle (8 – 11);     

Shae Oates-Ward – Gaited Mares, Padded Saddle Horse, Padded Racking Horse (14 – 18);

Delta Gill – Gaited Geldings, Racking Horse Plain Shod (14 – 18; and

J.W. Pipkin Flat Shod Gaited (14 – 18).

The following 4-Hers are representing Yalobusha County at the state show with the number of classes listed:  Casey Moss (20), Casey Byford (9), Austin Haynes (1), Hayden Harbour (5), Haley Morris (3), Liz Roark (5), Shae Oates-Ward (10), Haley Smith (1), Delta Gill (11), J.W. Pipkin (3), and Heather Lyon (2).

 Congratulations to these 4-Hers and their volunteers and parents.  Best of luck to them in their competitions at the State 4-H Horse Show.  

The Water Valley Farmers Market is up and going.  There are a few producers lined up to sell.  I encourage buyers to support this market, and if you have produce to sell call Justin McGuirk at 473-9994 for complete details.

There are several activities taking place at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building that you might want to take part in.  A Tree Farmer Program will be held July 16 at 6:30 p.m.  If you plan to attend this meeting, you must pre-register by calling the Extension office at 675-2730 by July 13.  The Yalobusha County Homemakers will host a voting machine demonstration at 10 a.m. on July 17.  This program will give the public an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new voting machines before the elections.  At 7 p.m. there will be a question and answer session on the recent drought concerning beef cattle and horses during which feeding alternatives will be discussed.  If you have interests in any of these areas, please plan to attend these meetings.

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