Vermont 4-H Equestrians Win Top Awards at Regional Horse Show


Burlington-Ten Vermont 4-H'ers and three 4-H teen leaders participated in horse events at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 19-23, earning ribbons and top-place awards in several competitions.

Among the most notable achievements of this University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H delegation were the first-place team wins in both 4-H horse quiz bowl and judging, with Vermont beating out teams from the five other New England states. Quiz bowl team members included Allison Bachmann, Ira; Summer Colley and Jennifer Dickinson, both from Colchester; and Meaghan Hughes, Jericho.

Jennifer also participated on the judging team along with Kira Clokey, Jericho; Kaelyn Jenny, Essex Junction; and Emi Schweikert, Underhill. In the individual judging contest, Emi was high scorer, while Kira came in third and Jennifer took fifth place. In the general knowledge contest, Allison Bachmann earned the highest individual score. Jennifer came in seventh.

The 4-H teen leaders, a group of 19 older teens selected to provide assistance at the horse show, competed in the latter contest in their own division. All three teen leaders from Vermont placed in the top 10, with Summer Colley placing fifth, Miranda Wright of St. Johnsbury taking eighth place, and Karli Knapp of Wardsboro placing tenth. Karli also took fifth place in judging, while Summer finished eighth.

In the fitting and showmanship classes, the 4-H'ers were evaluated on how well they handled and presented their horse, as well as the animal's body condition, grooming and overall appearance. Delegates were divided into three groups of English riders with one group of Western riders and a Driving and In-Hand class. Teen leaders competed in a separate division, borrowing delegates' horses for the competition.

Vermont placings included:
English Division A: Jennifer Dickinson, eighth; Emi Schweikert, tenth
English Division B: Allison Bachmann, first; Meaghan Hughes, second
English Division C: Brooke Mobbs, Colchester, third; Kira Clokey, ninth
Western Division: Katelyn Patenaude, Derby Line, second; Kaelyn Jenny, seventh
Driving and In-Hand Division: Morgan Quimby, Underhill, fifth
Teen Leader Division: Karli Knapp, third; Miranda Wright, fourth; Summer Colley, eighth

In the English riding classes, Vermont 4-H'ers placed as follows:
Bridle Path Hack: Brooke Mobbs, first; Allison Bachmann, third; Jennifer Dickinson, ninth
Command: Allison Bachmann, first; Katelyn Patenaude, third
English Equitation Class A: Emi Schweikert, first; Jennifer Dickinson, second
English Equitation Class B: Meaghan Hughes, second; Allison Bachmann, seventh
English Equitation Class C: Kira Clokey, fifth; Brooke Mobbs, eighth
English Pleasure Class A: Jennifer Dickinson, third; Emi Schweikert, fifth
English Pleasure Class B: Allison Bachmann, first; Meaghan Hughes, fifth
English Pleasure Class C: Kira Clokey, second; Brooke Mobbs, third
Hunter Under Saddle: Brooke Mobbs, second; Allison Bachmann, third; Kira Clokey, fifth

In the Western equestrian classes, Katelyn Patenaude placed second in the pleasure class, third in trail and ninth in equitation. Kaelyn Jenny placed sixth in the pleasure class and ninth in trail.

This was the first year that Vermont had a 4-H'er participate in any of the driving classes. Morgan Quimby competed in several classes with her miniature horse, Candy Meadows Snickers, taking first in driving reinsmanship, in-hand jumping and in-hand obstacles. She also came in second in pleasure driving and third in obstacle driving.

In addition, two Vermont 4-H equestrians were given special recognition. Mariah Harding of Barre was the Vermont recipient of the Dick Woolam Sportsmanship Award. Allison Bachmann received the Mac McDonald Award, given in memory of a staunch supporter of the 4-H horse show to the exhibitor with the highest combined scores from the fitting and showmanship, general knowledge and judging contests.