The Florida 4-H Horse Program – Area South
The Florida 4-H Horse Program hosts Area Horse Shows for different regions in Florida (North, South, East, and West). The Area South horse show is composed of 18 Southern Florida counties: Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St Lucie, and the Seminole Tribe. The Area South horse show is an event for 4-H members in the southern region of Florida to get together and compete in Hunter, Dressage, Western, Ranch, and Speed divisions with the chance to proceed to the State horse show in Tampa.
The 2023 Area South horse show had 47 participants come together and compete in Okeechobee, FL at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 15th, and 16th. With the help of many volunteers and 4-H extension agents, the event was a success! As some of you may know, organizing and running a horse show is no easy task and takes many hands to make it happen.
The Weekend of the Area South Horse Show
On Saturday, April 15th the show began bright and early at 9:00 A.M. with the Hunter Division. The first day consisted of Hunter/English Dressage, Western Dressage, Western, and Ranch divisions. On Sunday April 16th, the last day of the Area South horse show, was the speed division. This event is a great opportunity for 4-H members from various south Florida counties to get together and do what they love.
Indian River County 4-H had six 4-H members participate in the Area South horse show and all six have qualified for the Florida 4-H State Horse Show in Tampa, FL! The State Horse Show is July 12-15, 2023 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Below are the results for the six participants from Indian River County 4-H. Congratulations to everyone who participated and keep up the great work!
Indian River County 4-H Participants
Senior Training Level Dressage – 1st place
Senior Hunter Type Mares- 3rd place
Senior Hunter Showmanship- 3rd place
Senior Hunter Under Saddle- 8th place
Senior Hunt Seat Equitation- 8th place
Won Champion Jr High Point for Ranch!
Halter Gelding Over 14.2 hands- 5th place
Junior Western Pleasure- 1st place
Junior Western Horsemanship- 2nd place
Junior Ranch Ground Handling- 1st place
Junior Ranch Riding- 1st place
Pony Hunter Under Saddle- 1st place
Pony Halter- 1st place
Pony Western Pleasure- 1st place
Junior Western Horsemanship- 3rd place
Junior Barrels- 6th place
Senior Speed Events Ground Handling- 6th
Senior Stake Race- 5th place
Senior Poles- 4th place
Senior Barrels- 4th place
Junior Speed Events Ground Handling- 5th
Junior Keyhole- 7th place
Junior Stake race- 7th place
Junior Pole Bending- 9th place
Junior Barrels- 5th place
Senior Keyhole- 3rd place
Senior Stake race- 3rd place
To find out more information about the Florida 4-H Horse Program follow this link: https://animal.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/youth/horse/