4-H members take top honors at state horse show

By Todd Vineyard | Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Shelby Haggart of Bridgeport 4-H and Seth Byers of Decatur 4-H dominated the 3- year-old stock horse futurity, taking home grand champion and reserve champion honors respectively.

State Winners

STATE WINNERS – Seth Byers of Decatur 4-H and Shelby Haggart of Bridgeport 4-H won reserve and grand champion, respectively, in the 3-year-old stock horse futurity at the state 4-H horse show. Submitted Photo

The 3-year-old futurity is made up of three different classes – reining, pleasure and trail. The overall winners are determined according to the cumulative score from all three classes.

Shelby received grand champion 3-year-old stock horse honors by placing first in reining, first in pleasure and first in trail, making it a clean sweep. In the regular stock horse show division, she made the finals in working cow horse, trail, reining, stock horse pleasure and stock horse horsemanship. Making the finals in all events is quite an accomplishment. Shelby will be attending North Central Texas College in Gainesville to ride stock horse at the collegiate level.

Seth Byers received reserve champion by placing second in stock horse pleasure, third in reining and fourth in trail. He also had a very good week with his yearling futurity gelding placing fourth in halter and third in lounge line. In the regular show, Seth placed seventh in halter in 4-year-old mares and under, fifth in Western Riding and seventh in stock horse horsemanship.

In the English riding show, Monika Qualls placed ninth in equitation over fences and working hunter, eighth in open jumping and seventh in hunter hack.

Emma Karle, also a Wise County 4-H member, participated in the western pleasure class in the qualifying show.

Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.

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