Learning Life Skills – Jackson 4-H Competes at State Horse Show

Jackson County 4-H was once again represented at the State 4-H Horse Show in Tampa.  On July 11th through July 14th, the Boots and Buckles Horse Club Leader Lindsay Kiefer, along with club volunteers, parents and Junior members, Jena Hughes, Madison Smith and Faith Macks and Senior member Warren Loper traveled to Tampa to compete in the Speed Events Division.  Senior member Warren Loper qualified to go on to the Regional 4-H Horse Show in Perry, Georgia.

Emerald Award
(L-R) Club Leader Lindsay Kiefer, club members Warren Loper, Jena Hughes and Madison Smith

This journey was a labor of love for club leader Lindsay Kiefer and the result of months of hard work and fundraising by the club.  This is Lindsay’s first year as the club leader and she has done an outstanding job.  Our parents/volunteers worked hard too!  Special thanks to Julie Hughes and Miranda Smith for their fundraising work. The youth worked hard both inside and outside the arena.  This year the club won the small county Emerald Award by placing 1st in stall decorations and cleanliness.

Here’s how things stacked up at State:

Jr. Speed Events Ground Handling

Jenna Hughes and “Sugar Plum” – 1st place

Jr. Pole Bending

Jenna Hughes and “Sugar Plum” – 2nd place

Faith Macks and “Princess” – 10th place

Club Member – Faith Macks

Jr. Barrel Race

Jenna Hughes and “Sugar Plum” – 3rd place

Madison Smith and “Ginger” – 6th place

Jr. Keyhole Race

Madison Smith and “Ginger” – 4th place

Club Member – Madison Smith

Sr. Speed Events Ground Handling

Warren Loper and “Velvet Baby Doll aka Phoebe” – 2nd place

Sr. Barrel Race

Warren Loper and “Velvet Baby Doll aka Phoebe” – 5th place

Sr. Keyhole Race

Warren Loper and “Velvet Baby Doll aka Phoebe” – 4th place

Sr. Stake Race

Warren Loper and “Velvet Baby Doll aka Phoebe” – 9th place

Senior Warren Loper displays his qualifying ribbons.

Senior Warren Loper displays his qualifying ribbons.

Warren Loper finished 28th out of 280 participants with 24 points and is headed to the Regional 4-H Horse Show August 1st – 5th in Perry, Georgia where he will compete against 4-H qualifiers from 13 states.

(L-R) Jena Hughes – Jr. Ground Handling Champion,
Lindsey Kiefer, Warren Loper – Sr. Regional Qualifier

We are very proud of all these youth, their parents and club volunteers and we are looking forward to a bright future in the Jackson County 4-H Horse Program.

4-H offers a broad spectrum of projects and activities to serve a variety of interests, skills, and knowledge. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program, please visit the 4-H Youth Development page at http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/.  You may also contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 or email amgranger@ufl.edu.

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