Open show provides experience for youngsters
CENTREVILLE — Thursday, Aug. 11, a first took place at the Queen Anne’s County Fair horse shows. Children under 8 were allowed to participate, not as 4-H’ers, but as “Open show” participants.
The Open show is different from a 4-H show. Following 4-H rules, children under 8 are not allowed to show horses alone, nor receive placement ribbons,. If children under 8 are permitted to show in a 4-H show, it has to be in a lead-line class, where those children have little to no control of the horse alone. Following 4-H philosophy, only participation ribbons are awarded to children under 8.
A study agreed upon by the Mar yland Cooperative Extension 4-H program years ago, suggests that children under 8 could be psychologically traumatized with the awarding of placings. An Open show permits placings, and this was allowed at the Open show day during the QA Fair.
Insurance for an Open show is also different, another critical consideration, and Open show insurance was provided.
Shannon Dill, who grew up in the Queen Anne’s County 4-H equestrian program, now Talbot County Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator, was pleased her daughters were allowed to come to the QA Fair and show. Both girls, Allison, 8, and Payton, 6, showed in the Open show.
“Payton doing Lead-line, and Allison being able to ride, were both deeply impressed with the fun they experienced at fair,” Dill said.
She added she wants to see younger children get involved in 4-H. “Allison has been a Clover member with the Pony Express 4-H Club, and just turning 8, she’ll be a full-fledged member next year. Being at fair was the highlight of her summer, and maybe the entire year.”
“Most of the other livestock have Open shows during fair each year,” Dill noted. “This is the first time this has been done at the QA Fair with horses, and I think it provides a great opportunity for the younger children to learn to enjoy the sport. For the first time doing it, I think there are things that were learned so it can become better next year. I was only disappointed that there wasn’t more participation, but that could change with more promotion and marketing that the Open show now exists for the younger children to participate.”
The judge, Debbie White of Camden, Del., was supportive of the under 8 show, half of the classes which were Lead-line classes in both English and Western categories.
White said, “I think having the under 8 classes is great, and I was happy to see safety precautions were taken for all the children riding in both Lead-line and without Lead-line. Every attempt was made to make it a positive and safe experience for all the children. It’s about promoting the equine industry at an early age and doing it right!”
Though parents/trainers did not have to come into the show ring during the under 8 classes, it was encouraged, even to have the adult walk next to the rider or near by. It was obivious that some of the under 8 children needed close supervision, and some did not, depending on the training of both horse and rider.
Also, all of the Halter classes were held during the Open show. Model horse awards, and Showmanship competitions were held that day.
The following are the results of the under 8 classes, and Halter classes are listed: Under 8 Showmanship Open 1. Bella Vann 2. Stephanie Strachar 3. Lauren Levasseur 4. Allison Dill 5. June Winterstein 6. Brileigh Francis English Lead-line Walk Open 1. Brileigh Francis 2. Braelyn Francis English Lead-line Walk-Trot Open 1. Brileigh Francis English Walk Open 1. Stephanie Strachar 2. Allison Dill 3. Frances Brileigh English Walk/Trot Open 1. Stephanie Strachar 2. Allison Dill English Walk/Trot/Canter Open 1. Allison Dill English Command Open 1. Allison Dill English Pleasure Jumping Horse Open 1. Allison Dill Handy Hunter over Fences Horse Open 1. Allison Dill Western Lead-line Walk Open 1. Bella Vann 2. Lauren Levasseur 3. Payton Dill 4. Emily Jo Strachar 5. Arianna Oliver 6. Caitlin Plugge Western Lead-line Walk/Jog Open 1. Lauren Levasseur 2. Bella Vann 3. Payton Dill 4. Caitlin Plugge 5. June Winterstein 6. Arianna Oliver Western Walk Open 1. Stephanie Strachar 2. Lauren Levasseur 3. Bella Vann Western Command Open 1. Allison Dill 2. Lauren Levasseur Western Trail Open 1. Stephanie Strachar 2. Lauren Levasseur Western Poles Open 1. Allison Dill Western Barrels Open 1. Allison Dill Model Pony 4-H 1. Sara Sheats 2. Ania Haynes 3. Alyia Shiley 4. Julia Haynes Model Pony Open 1. Sara Sheats 2. Ania Haynes 3. Julia Haynes Model Mare 4-H 1. Jennifer Gannon 2. Rachel Grabowski Model Mare Open 1. Jennifer Gannon Model Gelding 4-H 1. Ariah Lusk 2. Katie Sheehi 3. Makenzie Miller 4. Sierra Kane 5. Taylor Gawne 6. Sophia Kolobow Model Gelding Open 1. Kelly Sheehi 2. Sierra Kane 3. Sophia Kolobow 4. Jenna Dawes 5. Sydni Brown 6. Danielle Urian Jr. Showmanship 4-H 1. Sophia Kolobow 2. Mae Harrington 3. Julia Haynes 4. Ania Haynes 5. Campbell Gowe 6. Rylie Lowe Jr. Showmanship Open 1. Sophia Kolobow 2. Ania Haynes 3. Julia Haynes Intermediate Showmanship 4-H 1. Ashley Bullock 2. Jenna Dawes 3. Danielle Urian 4. Annaliese Tuttle 5. Sydni Brown 6. Regan Kellum
Intermediate Showmanship Open 1. Jenna Dawes 2. Ashley Bullock 3. Danielle Urian 4. Sydni Brown Senior Showmanship 4-H 1. Sierra Kane 2. Rachel Grabowski 3. Arian Lusk 4. Makenzie Miller 5. Jennifer Gannon 6. Jordan Middleton Senior Showmanship Open 1. Rachel Grabowski 2. Sierra Kane 3. Katie Sheehi 4. Jennifer Gannon 5. Sara Sheats Grand Champion Model Horse Champion — Ariah Lusk Reserve Champion — Jennifer Gannon Grand Champion Showmanship Champion — Sierra Kane Reserve Champion — Rachel Grabowski
Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Model Horses at this year’s QA Fair. From the left, the Grand Champion Model Horse was “AOK Think Mr. Peters,” a Quarter Horse Gelding owned by 4-H’er Ariah Lusk. Reserve Champion was “Little Cata Cool,” also a Quarter Horse, owned by 4-H’er Jennifer Gannon. The two horses were chosen by show judge Debbie White to be the most perfect model horses at this year’s QA Fair, during the Open Show, held Thursday, Aug. 11.
Grand and Reserve Champions in Showmanship at this year’s QA Fair, from the left, class sponsor David Walbert of Queenstown holds the folded Champion blanket, Open Show Judge Debbie White, Showmanship Champion Sierra Kane of Delaware with her Gelding horse “Chipnoticed” and Reserve Champion Rachel Grabowski of Chester with her Mare horse “So Hot I’m Awesome.” Both girls are Sr. 4-H’ers. The girls were judged to be the best at fair in presenting their horses to the judge.
Lauren Levasseur of Centreville rides in the Under 8 Open Walk class during this year’s Open Show during the QA Fair, Thursday, Aug. 11. The horse Lauren rode was “Chips Copy Two,” a very mature 28-year-old Quarter Horse gelding with lots of show experience.
Sisters Brileigh and Braelyn Frances participate in the Open English Lead-line class during this year’s QA Fair, Thursday, Aug. 11.
Sr. 4-H’er Rachel Grabowski, of Chester, pivots her Quarter horse mare “So Hot I’m Awesome” during the Showmanship class during the QA Fair, Thursday, Aug. 11.