4-H Horse Project participants were judged last week by Roger Purolski in the 4-H Western Horse Show. Youth participated in Showmanship, Horsemanship and Pleasure classes. In Showmanship, horses are shown in-hand and the youth are judged on handling skills and how well they work with and know their animal.
In Horsemanship classes, riders must perform a pattern and work their animals on the rail (the pattern is 75 percent of the overall evaluation). In Pleasure classes, horses are evaluated on ease of handling and judges look for the animal and rider that are having the most fun and performing to the best of their abilities.
At Thursday's Western 4-H Show, Kendra Hockran took the honors of Senior Grand Champion with Emily Swanson taking Senior Reserve Champion. For the Junior Division, Montana Pope took Junior Grand Champion with Gracie Morrison taking Junior Reserve Grand Champion.
Pictured are Stephanie Rogers and her brother Kevin Rogers as they prepare for the show.
In the Amateur Division, Melissa Fiebelkorn received Amateur Grand Champion with Laura Tofil receiving Reserve. In the Walk/Trot Division, Corinne Covert received Grand Champion with Chrissy Dean taking Reserve Champion. Grand Champion Showman for 2013 is Kendra Hochran and Reserve is Mikayla Reynolds. The State Fair Western qualifiers in the Senior Division are Kendra Hockran and Danyelle Harding and for the Junior Division is Mikayla Reynolds. The alternate is Montana Pope.