The 2012 Morgan County Horse 4-H season came to a close this past month with the final State Individual Show being held in Salina on Sept. 7 and 8. Morgan County had 12 youth who worked hard during the summer show season to qualify for the opportunity to travel to the state individual meet. The state competition is a two-day show with nearly 300 qualified youth from all over the state congregating to compete for coveted event and all-around titles. Events scheduled for Friday were judged events and included fitting and showmanship, western equitation, and bareback equitation. Events on day two of the show were all timed and this year included barrels, poles, and the scurry.
In order to allow the 4-H youth to compete against members close in age and skill level, members are grouped into three separate age divisions. Morgan County Junior competitors traveling to the Salina show ranged in age from 9 to 12 years and included: Brooklyn Peterson, Trever Weaver, Jacie House, Taylor Porter, Tosha Turner and Jackson Woolsey. Intermediate division qualifiers ranged in age from 13 to 15 and included Reganne Hales, Bailee Mikesell, Kamie Jones, Madisen Porter and Morgan Balding. Our Senior age division members range in age from 16 to 18 with Courtney Sanders being our only participant to travel to the state show in the Senior age division.
At the state level show the top 10 in each event and age division are placed and recognized with hard earned awards. Morgan had two youth who earned a top 10 placing in individual events. Brooklyn Peterson placed 5th in Barrels out of 94 other junior competitors, and Reganne Hales placed 6th in fitting & showmanship, 1st in western equitation, and 2nd in bareback equitation out of 105 other intermediate competitors.
In addition to the individual class awards, the top 20 places in each age division are awarded for both the judged event day and timed event day, as well as the top 20 overall point earners being recognized for the entire two-day show. Once again Morgan had one youth who earned top honors. Reganne Hales earned a well-deserved 1st place finish in the judged events, 15th place finish in the timed events, leaving her with a hard earned 1st place overall finish for the entire two-day show. What an accomplishment.
We are very proud of the way the small community of Morgan was represented by our 4-H youth at the state show in Salina this year. These youth are very dedicated to their projects and several judges have commented throughout the year on how well prepared these riders are.
The horse 4-H council is very grateful for the support of parent volunteers, 4-H leaders, county council members, extension office personnel, and others who see the value in helping to provide these important learning opportunities for our local youth. We are looking forward to another successful season of horse 4-H here in Morgan and would like to invite and encourage any interested youth to register now at the extension office.