4-H riders hit the trail with big wins
The Berkeley County 4-H Horse ‘N’ Around Club has gotten off to another great start in 2013.
Competing at the State Horse Show at Clemson University, the eight 4-H riders came home with several ribbons from the weeklong event held at the T. Ed. Garrison Arena.
Blue ribbons were handed out to Nicole Moody in Senior Barrel Racing, and Jana Rowell took first in Western Pleasure riding. Sarah Ham brought home blue ribbons, placing first overall in Senior Versatility, which included a first in Texas Barrels.
Peyton Svagerko took top spot in Senior Working Hunter Over Fences. In addition to her blue ribbon, Svagerko placed third in Open Jumping, fifth in Hunter Type Mares at Halter and ninth in Senior Under Saddle.
“We have done it again,” said club president Hope Morris, who placed third in Senior Barrel Racing, sixth in the Stakes Race and seventh in Pole Bending. “The club had a very successful week of riding.”
Rowell also placed second overall in Junior Versatility, third in Junior Stock Type Hunter Under Saddle, fourth in Hunter Under Saddle Equitation, third in Halter Stock Type Geldings and fourth in Junior Western pleasure and Western Horsemanship.
Other riders placing with ribbons included Hampton Page, who placed third in Junior Working Hunter Over Fences, and fourth in Junior Hunter Jumpers and Junior Hunter Equitation Over Fences. April Moody took third in Mares at Halter and eighth place in the Senior Stakes Race.
Ham also took second in Hunter Showmanship and Hunter Type Mares; ninth in Western Pleasure; and notched a pair of sixth place finishes in Western Trail and Hunter Under Saddle Equitation.
Elizabeth Shaw competed in Western classes and Rebecca Cutshall competed in Mares at Halter.
Rowell, Morris, Svagerko, Ham, and Hampton Page were also Regional qualifiers. Regional competition will be held this year in Monroe, LA.
“Other club members Christina Swain, Megan Rolader and Kinley Metts came as well to cheer their friends on and to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed,” Morris said.
The trip to Clemson did not come easy. Throughout the 4-H year the club staged four fundraisers to cover the cost of the show and enable members to attend.
“We greatly appreciate every person from the community who participates in these fundraisers,” Morris said. “We also are blessed to have companies that sponsor our club. Donors from the past are the Moncks Corner Farm Bureau and Holcim. The members are greatly appreciative for their generosity and would like to thank them for their support.”
With the new school year, the Horse ‘N’ Around Club begins its 12th year and looks forward to more success. New members between 5-19 years of age are welcome to join and see what 4-H has to offer.
“Our goal is always to make the best matter,” Morris said, “To provide for and support the community, reach out to those in need, and strive to be the best that we can be.”