Mary­land 4-H Horse Judg­ing team shines in Ken­tucky

Record Observer - - NEWS - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­

LOUISVILLE, KY — The Mary­land 4-H Horse Judg­ing team, fol­low­ing their suc­cess­ful plac­ings at the 52nd All-amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse Congress in mid-oc­to­ber, trav­eled to Louisville, Ken­tucky, Thurs­day, Nov. 1, to com­pete in 4-H Horse Judg­ing at the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Live­stock Ex­po­si­tion. There were 27 teams from around the na­tion com­pet­ing.

The Mary­land team, coached by Mary­land State 4-H Equine Spe­cial­ist Re­becca Gun­der­son, was com­prised of team mem­bers Jennifer Gan­non, and Adri­anna Disil­ve­stro both rep­re­sent­ing Queen Anne’s County 4-H, and Cheyenne Van Echo, of Fred­er­ick County, and Les­ley Porter­field of Calvert County. The group ac­tu­ally did bet­ter in Ken­tucky than their high plac­ings in Ohio in Oc­to­ber.

Jennifer earned Re­serve High Point In­di­vid­ual Cham­pion in Con­fir­ma­tion Judg­ing & Rea­sons out of 108 con­tes­tants. The team over­all placed third for Con­fir­ma­tion Judg­ing & Rea­sons. Team­mate Cheyenne Van Echo placed fifth in In­di­vid­ual Per­for­mance Judg­ing & Rea­sons. The team placed placed third over­all in Per­for­mance Judg­ing & Rea­sons.

Be­sides the com­pe­ti­tion, the group toured sev­eral fa­mous eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties in Ken­tucky. Upon ar­rival Thurs­day, they vis­ited the Ken­tucky Horse Park just out­side Lex­ing­ton where a na­tional horse show was go­ing on show­cas­ing jump­ing horses. They also vis­ited the horse mu­seum there and var­i­ous horse barns with tons of in­for­ma­tion about draft horses, po­lice horses, Ara­bian horses, and, of course, Thor­ough­bred horses.

Fri­day morn­ing they vis­ited Keeneland Race Track where four large horse auc­tions take place each year. All four sales this year gen­er­ated $534 mil­lion dol­lars to­tal. The high­est priced horse sold for $13.1 mil­lion. While there, they also vis­ited a work­ing tack shop watch­ing as var­i­ous horse tack items were built in front of them, made from leather.

Satur­day, Nov. 3, was the Horse Judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion, held at the Ken­tucky State Fair­grounds in Louisville.

Be­fore re­turn­ing home, the group vis­ited Church Hill Downs Race Track in Louisville, tour­ing the famed race track where the Ken­tucky Derby, the first race of the Triple Crown is held each year.


From the left, Mary­land 4-H Horse Judg­ing team mem­bers, Cheyenne Van Echo, Adri­anna Disil­ve­stro, Coach Re­becca Gun­der­son, Jennifer Gan­non and Les­ley Porter­field with their awards af­ter com­pet­ing at the an­nual North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Live­stock Ex­po­si­tionin early Novem­ber. The team placed third over­all out of 27 teams from around the na­tion in sev­eral judg­ing cat­e­gories.

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