County Youngsters Did Well At State 4-H Horse Show
By Steve Cummings
Normally, it rains during the State 4-H Horse Show. This year it did one better and rained the day after it was over. The much needed rain we have gotten earlier this week will help crops, pastures, lawns, gardens and everyone in general. Hopefully, we will continue to get timely rainfall. Speaking of the State 4-H Horse Show, Yalobusha County 4-Hers did extremely well last weekend at the state show.
The first two days of the State 4-H Horse Show deals mainly with the non-riding events and our 4-Hers did well in these. J.W. Pipkin’s art work in the home furnishing category won the overall Sr. Art Exhibit. J.W. made a lamp out of his grandfathers’ old saddle tree. Casey Moss placed second in the Horse Art Sculpture division and the Junior Cartoon division. Triston Gills’ candle holder won third place in the Junior Home Furnishing division. In the Photography division Peyton McMillian won first place in the Non-Action Digital category. Liz Roark placed second in the same division.
In the Senior Photography division Casey Byford placed third in the Human Interest category while J.W. Pipkin placed third in the Action category. Jade Henry placed third in the Breed Promotion category.
Yalobusha County’s Senior Hypology team placed third in the state. The team made up of Casey Byford, Delta Nichols, Breanna Scroggins, and Hayden Harbour also placed fifth in the Senior Horse Judging contest. This same group with Robyn Thweatt made it to the semi-finals of the Sr. Horse Bowl competition.
Breanna Scroggins placed fifth in the Horse Public Speaking contest and was the second place individual in class placings in the Hypology contest. The Junior 4-H Horse Judging team of Janna Turner, Casey Moss, and Liz Roark placed seventh in the state. Janna Turner was eighth high individual.
The last three days of the State 4-H Horse Show is what you would think it should be – a horse show. Yalobusha County has one of the best horse show programs in the state. This year was no different as the Yalobusha County horse program was the third High Point County in the state show.
4-Hers compete at the State 4-H Horse Show for one of the forty-two regional 4-H slots. This year’s Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show is in Little Rock and three of our 4-Hers earned the right to attend. J.W. Pipkin and Breanna Scroggins earned the right to go as J.W. showed the High Point Gaited Horse and Breanna showed the Reserve High Point Gaited Horse. Casey Moss will also show at the regional show as she received one of the At-Large High Point slots. J.W. received the High Point Gaited Belt Buckle and Casey Moss was the second High Point Junior Exhibitor in the show.
Other show highlights included the Grand Champion Grade Western Mare exhibited by Haley Morris and the Reserve Champion Small Pony Gelding shown by Casey Moss.
Class winners include: Haley Morris – Grade Western 4 Year & Older Halter Mares, J.W. Pipkin – Sr. Gaited Showmanship, and Breanna Scroggins – Sr. Gaited Equitation.
The top three placings in each class receive a trophy and the following youth placed in the top three: Casey Moss – 2 seconds and 2 thirds, J.W. Pipkin – 1 second, Delta Gill Nichols – 1 second and 1 third, and Patrick McMillian – 1 third.
Points are accumulated by the top twelve placings. Yalobusha County 4-Hers that placed at the state show will include the following and the number of classes they placed in will be in parenthesis: Casey Moss (11), Breanna Scroggins (6), Casey Byford (5), J.W. Pipkin (5), Triston Gill (4), Delta Gill Nichols (4), Hailey Morris (4), Liz Roark (3), Karlan Denley (2), Patrick McMillian (2), Peyton McMillian (1), Robyn Thweatt (1), Janna Turner (1), and Nick Watkins (1). Hayden Harbour, Adam Faulkner, and Emma Dorris also showed at the state show as did several members of the Coffeeville Saddle Club representing other counties.
Congratulations to these exhibitors and thank you to the parents, volunteers, friends, and exhibitors for representing Yalobusha County so well.