Two 4-H Members Advance To State Horse Competition
Two members of Fulton County’s 4-H Horse and Pony Club will be competing in the 2011 State 4-H Horse Show this weekend in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Both members qualified for state competition by winning blue ribbons in the District VII Horse Show held at Huntington in September.
Caitlin Glazier, 16, daughter of Curtis and Lori Glazier of Mc- Connellsburg, who has qualified four consecutive years for states, will compete in two Performance classes (horses five years and older) – Miniature Horse Trail and English Pleasure – as well as three Production classes this weekend.
Caitlin grew up around horses – at 2, she showed her first horse, and she’s competed on the statelevel since she was 8. Her mother, Lori, owns and operates Hidden Valley Farm just south of Mc- Connellsburg, where she instructs riding lessons.
Hunter Layton, 12, son of Troy and Rachel Layton of Wells Tannery, who began taking riding lessons at Hidden Valley Farm less than a year ago, is competing in the Western Pleasure Futurity (3 year old horses) Production Class after winning a blue ribbon in district competition.
Unlike Caitlin, Hunter was not around horses growing up. But he has a knack for riding, progressing quickly in the Western style.
Horses that compete in Production classes are five years and younger. In certain categories, such as West Pleasure Futurity, production horses that are three, four or five are divided to compete.
In all, the 4-H Horse and Pony Club will have six horses, two minis and four quarter horses, showing in the 2011 State Horse Show. Competing in Miniature Horse Categories are Casteels Little Bear (Performance) and Vin Diesel and competing in Quarter classes are PSU A Real Shadow, PSU Steppin’ Cool, Levi’s Cool Spirit, and Jac Be Smokin ((Performance) owned by Rosanne Richards of St. Thomas.
According to the 4-H Web site, a main goal of the Horse and Pony Club is to “promote knowledge of horsemanship and responsible, ethical equine use, care and management.”
Michelle DeShong, who has been in charge of Fulton County’s 4-H Horse and Pony Club for about two years, said that the club meets this goal by sponsoring and hosting local shows and events.
“In the past year, we’ve hosted the fair show and the Relay For Life show,” said DeShong.
Age requirements to join are 8- 18.
The club meets once a month at the Community State Bank in McConnellsburg. Owning a horse or pony is not required to join the club.
For more information, call Michelle DeShong at 717-485- 3613.