4-Hers brings home horse-show awards

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  The Cape May County Moonlight Riders 4-H Mounted Drill Team performs a difficult pinwheel move at the 4-H state championship horse show. The Cape May County Moonlight Riders 4-H Mounted Drill Team performs a difficult pinwheel move at the 4-H state championship horse show.

CAPE MAY COUNTY – Members of the Cape May County 4-H horse program recently competed at the 2012 state 4-H championship horse show held Aug. 24-26 at the New Jersey Horse Park in Englishtown.

Cape May County 4-Hers competed in four divisions of the horse show, including dressage, gymkhana, English and western. Equestrian team members brought home seven grand-champion and four reserve-champion awards, plus many ribbons.

More than 275 4-H members from around New Jersey gathered to compete in the three-day annual event.

Dara Baker of Rio Grande placed eighth in hunter hack horse and ninth in senior English equitation on the flat.

Kirsten Ferguson of Cape May Court House came away reserve champion in junior English hunter-type hunter under saddle, and Stephanie Hamby of Woodbine placed eighth in English pleasure-type hunter under saddle.

Katie Hess of Rio Grande earned two grand championships: one in junior equitation over fences and one in handy working hunter pony, as well as a third in pony English hunter-type hunter under saddle and a seventh in working hunter pony.

Alyssa Jordan of Dennisville won a grand championship in senior English pleasure-type hunter under saddle.

Part of the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program’s state horse show team poses with their county horse banner during opening ceremonies at the 4-H state championship horse show. Shown, from left, are Abby Thompson, Hailey Murdock, Caitlin Tomlin, Kirsten Ferguson, Emily Hess and Club Leader Jamie Carpenter. Part of the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program’s state horse show team poses with their county horse banner during opening ceremonies at the 4-H state championship horse show. Shown, from left, are Abby Thompson, Hailey Murdock, Caitlin Tomlin, Kirsten Ferguson, Emily Hess and Club Leader Jamie Carpenter. Dakota Lewis of Woodbine brought home a grand championship in dressage first-level test 1, a reserve championship in western reining, a seventh place in dressage training level test 2; both sixth and ninth places in dressage training-level test 3, a seventh in senior English showmanship and grooming, a sixth in senior western pleasure and a fourth place in senior western riding. 

Shavon Mangold of Woodbine placed 10th in senior English showmanship and grooming. Hailey Murdock of Cape May Court House earned fourth-place ribbons in pole bending and the bow tie race, sixth in barrel racing and fifth in English pleasure-type hunter under saddle. Emily Musick of Cape May Court House placed third in both senior western showmanship and grooming and senior western pleasure. She also received eighth in senior western horsemanship.

Victoria Speece of Villas earned a reserve championship in senior western showmanship and grooming, a seventh in western halter mares and a sixth in senior western horsemanship. Abby Thompson of Green Creek brought home a ninth-place ribbon in pony pole bending and a tenth in pony bow-tie race.

Rebecca Thompson of Green Creek placed fifth in pole bending, eighth in bow-tie race, ninth in key hole race and ninth in barrels. Caitlyn Tomlin of Marmora earned a grand championship in pony English hunter-type hunter under saddle and a ninth-place ribbon in handy working hunter pony. Danielle Walawender of Seaville won two grand championships: one in dressage training-level test 2 and one in English halter and a reserve championship in dressage training-level test 3.        

Cape May County’s 4-H mounted drill team, the Moonlight Riders, performed at the horse show’s opening ceremonies for the 10th year in a row. Members of the drill team include captain Dakota Lewis, co-captain Dara Baker, Margaret Barry, Annabella Halbruner, Katie Hess, Alyssa Jordan, Shavon Mangold, Paul Rohm, Victoria Speece and Rebecca Thompson. 4-H leader Deanna Lewis coaches the team.

For additional information on the 4-H youth program, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, at 465-5115, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or see www.nj4h.rutgers.edu.


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