This year was a typical year at the Delaware County Fair for 4-H and FFA members at the fairground’s Main 4-H Equestrian Show Ring.
The weather was near perfect, there were the usual family members, friends and a few casual spectators stopping on their way to and from parking lots, but the business inside the show ring was serious.
With horse projects, unlike other fair animals that are judged for fitness for market, equestrian judges rate how Junior Fair Horse Show exhibitors present animals during English and Western horse and pony events.
Notable 2015 first-place finishes were captured by Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club members Muara Flanagan, Evan Thiergartner, Emma Haynes, Jessica Haynes, Madison Laughery, Lily Bauman, Kody Knapp, Olivia Cardi, Ellis Blackstone and Lauren Thiergartner.
JJ’s E-Z Riders 4-H Club members, who captured first-place plaques, were Megan Kirsop, Alexandra Abbott and Camryn Bishop-Simpson.
Becky Henkel of Loco Caballo 4-H Club earned a first-place trophy, as did club members Gabe Lewis and Kenzy Oiler.
Barrels, Rails & Such 4-H Club firsts were earned by Savannah Clark, Macayla Krantz, Julienne Williams and Maggie Cain.
Cinch N Saddle 4-H Club firsts went to Gestin Delelles, Kora Derwent, Caylee Combs, Hannah May and Madison Fraker.
Wild Riders 4-H Club firsts were earned by Isabella Browning, Reilly Wright, Morgan Kiehl, Alyssa Pariso and Victoria Lang.
Bitz ‘N Pieces 4-H Club members who earned first place plaques were Amber Perkins and Mallory Perkins.
Won By One 4-H Club firsts went to Ruthann Armbrust and Lydia Grimes.
Additional first-place plaques went to Cowboy Convoy 4-H Club member Samuel Smallets and Clara Selle of Golden Paws 4-H Club.
Cowboy Convoy’s Grace Smith won first-place honors in versatility; Wild Riders’ Morgan Kiehl placed second.
The 2015 High Point Award Winners were:
• Beginner Division, all ages, Hannah May, Cinch N Saddle
• Western Division, Junior, 9-11, Olivia Cardi, Sunbury Halter & Saddle
• Western Division, Intermediate, 12-14, Camryn Bishop-Simpson, JJ’s E-Z Riders
• Western Division, Senior, 15-18, Evan Thiergartner, Sunbury Halter & Saddle
• Contest Division, Junior, 9-11, Becky Henkel, Loco Caballo
• Contest Division, Intermediate, 12-14, Maggie Cain, Barrels, Rails & Such
• Contest Division, Senior, 15-18, Makenzie Fletcher, Wild Riders.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093