The Art of Show­ing Horses - Olivia Tierce

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE - 4-H Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion Agent

Gor­don County 4- H’er Olivia Tierce, a 10th grader at Sono­rav­ille High, has had a sum­mer full of win­ning horse­man­ship and art­work.

In June, she com­peted at the Ge­or­gia 4- H State Horse Show as the only par­tic­i­pant from Gor­don County, and the first one to rep­re­sent Gor­don County in the last five years. She com­peted in the Hunter un­der Sad­dle class, as well as one of the first ever ex­hibitors in the newly es­tab­lished Western dres­sage class. The Western dres­sage class was of­fered for the first time at the state show this year, and Olivia earned third place in the se­nior di­vi­sion of the class.

Her tal­ents do not stop at only show­ing horses, but also in­clude horse- themed art­work. At the Ge­or­gia 4- H State Horse Show, Olivia en­tered a draw­ing of her horse Cal­ico into the art show and won 5th place in the Draw­ing di­vi­sion. She also earned sec­ond place in the May/June 2018 Breyer Photo Show Con­test with the theme “Cow­boy Dres­sage.” The photo con­test in­vites pic­tures of model en­tries from youth and adults re­lated to the theme, and awards prizes based on the use of the Breyer model horses and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the theme. At the na­tional Brey­erFest, an an­nual three- day cel­e­bra­tion of horses at the Ken­tucky Horse Park that com­bines the ex­cite­ment of a horse fair with model horse ac­tiv­i­ties, Olivia en­tered a dio­rama us­ing Breyer model horses. The dio­rama fea­tured Phar Lap, a cham­pion Thor­ough­bred race­horse from Aus­tralia that, at the time of his death, was the third high­est stakes- win­ner in the world. His mounted hide is dis­played at the Mel­bourne Mu­seum, and Olivia’s dio­rama is of the Mel­bourne Mu­seum ex­hibit of Phar Lap’s achieve­ments and his mounted hide. Olivia won 1st place at the na­tional con­test for her ren­der­ing of the Phar Lap ex­hibit.

For more in­for­ma­tion about horse events or art con­tests of­fered by Gor­don County 4- H, please con­tact Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion/ 4- H at 706- 629- 8685.

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