The 51st Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse & Pony Show was held in Lexington, Va., at the Virginia Horse Center on September 13-16. This statewide event draws in more than 700 youth participants from across the commonwealth. These youth participated in a wide variety of contests, from educational events to the horse show itself. More than 2,000 people showed up to cheer on the competitors.
Youth interested in educational events could compete in the District Challenge – an annual knowledge contest comprised of Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Horse Judging. Congratulations to the Southeast 4-H District on winning the 2012 District Challenge! Other contests at the horse show included a state-wide photography contest, and an art contest, both of which were open to all interested 4-H members.
The horse show brought out nearly 500 participants who represented 64 counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Competitors had the opportunity to compete in events ranging from Gymkhana and Pleasure to Dressage and Hunter Over Fences. Numerous champion, reserve champion, and high point awards were recognized at the show.
The State 4-H Horse Show is self-funded through entry fees, donations by friends of the State 4-H Horse Program, and corporate sponsors such as the Virginia Horse Industry Board, The Virginia Horse Council, Blue Ridge Trailers, Virginia Farm Bureau, Southern States, Gearmax USA ,and Weller & Associates, LLC. The Horse Show Hero Program also helps to fund this event by allowing participants to raise money in lieu of paying entry fees.
For more information and detailed listings of results, please visit the Virginia 4-H Horse Program website.