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August 5, 2014
SEARCY, Ark. – More than 100 youths from 26 counties added up to 902 entries, making
the 2014 Arkansas 4-H H State Horse Show the largest in the last five years.
Ashley, Benton and White counties had the most youths participate in the horse show,
with 12 youths from each county. The show was held at the White County Fairgrounds
from July 14-17.
“The show went very well and was actually better than expected considering the new
classes and new exhibitors,” said Mark Russell, assistant professor of equine extension
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
This year’s Arkansas 4-H State Horse Show brought 902 contest entries from just the
4-Hers. “It’s definitely the highest it’s been in the 5 years that I’ve been here,”
Russell said. “Although last year we had 900 entries,” 100 were participants in a
barrel race fundraiser, so the total for 4-H entries in 2013 was 800, he added.
The entries included educational contests such as horse judging, hippology, public
speaking, individual demonstration, team demonstration and horse bowl.
The other contests included western dressage, which is a combination of classical
dressage and a traditional western riding to train horse and rider work as a team,
goat-tying contest, barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole race, stake race, and other
The keyhole race, a speed event that tests the quickness in riding and a horse’s turning
agility in a “keyhole” shape, had the highest number of entries with 52 total entries.
“The weather was also fantastic and kept everyone in happy spirits the entire week,”
A total of 110 participated the horse show. Below is the list of 4-Hers who participated:
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service administers the State Horse
Show and only youths enrolled in the 4-H Horse program can compete.
To learn more about Extension Horse Programs, visit http://www.uaex.uada.edu/farm-ranch/animals-forages/horses/
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
All meetings and activities announced in this news release are open to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities
who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print,
audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior
to the activity.
By Kezia NandaFor the Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com