Provided by OSU Extension/4H
Hooves are a pounding around Lincoln County as six 4-H youth put their horses through the paces in preparation for the State Fair Horse Competition. The youth competing from our county (pictured left to right) are Katie Joynt, Gabriella Cook, Emily Garbarino, Brooke Thomas, Shantelle Brown, and McKenna Swinford.
Each girl is taking on a different combination of events, ranging from dressage and equitation to gaming and trail horse work. Gabriella Cook will be the first of our county representatives to compete when she goes for the gold (well, in 4-H’s case, for the blue ribbon) in dressage. Youth are judged against standard criteria and awarded ribbons based on performance rather than in comparison to other youth.
Top honors, however, are awarded to those standing out, such as Champion and Grand Champion. Brooke Thomas (pictured with her horse Hershey) received Grande Champion in Showmanship at the Lincoln County Fair and will be working, along with the other five from our county, to achieve high honors at the State Fair competition.
Horse show competition begins August 17 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds and continues through Sunday, August 19. The horse fair is but the beginning of more than two weeks of 4-H showcasing at the Oregon State Fair. Youth will also be showing dogs, livestock, small animals (cavies, rabbits, poultry, goats) in addition to all of the exhibit hall entries from youth around the county.
For more information about the Oregon State Fair, visit www.oregonstatefair.org . For more information about 4-H involvement, please contact the OSU Extension Office at the number below.
OSU Extension Service
Lincoln County Office
29 SE 2nd Street, Newport, OR 97365
541-574-6534, Fax 541-265-3887