Gannon, Evans, Dill win at Western Show
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Fair 4-H Western Horse Show took place Wednesday, Aug. 8. The weather remained hot and humid, but didn’t seen to be as intense as it was Tuesday for the English show. The Western Show judge was Terry Helder, of Wrightville, PA, the same as for the English show on Tuesday.
An unexpected pleasant surprise going into this year’s fair was that the horse barn on the fairgrounds, that has 46 stalls, was completely full of horses this year. It was noted that had not happened for many years. In 2017, as many as 10 stalls had no horses, and the extra stalls were used as tack stalls instead. No such luxury of tack stalls this year, and a good sign for future QA Fair horse shows. To get a stall, 4-H’ers must attend a minimum of 50 percent of their yearly club meetings and turn in an annual record book of what it costs to keep their 4-H project animal — in this case, a horse.
In the Western Horse Show, Junior High Point Champion 4-H’er Allison Dill rode away with the title, winning six of eight classes she entered. She won Jr. Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Command, Trail, and Barrels. She placed second in Jr. Pole Bending. She had an exceptional Western Show day. Reserve High Point Champion went to Julia Haynes. She won the Confirmation Pony class, with her pony “Paris,” and Jr. Poles. She placed second in Ranch Riding and in Barrels.
In the Intermediate division, Grace Evans was the Western 4-H High Point Champion, winning Intermediate Fitting and Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Trail. As an Intermediate, Grace was the Overall Western and English Grand Champion in Fitting and Showmanship, showing Quarter horse mare “So Hot I’m Awesome.” No one remembered a 12-year-old 4-H’er winning that honor before. Reserve Western Intermediate High Point 4-H Champion was Ashlee Dilling who won Intermediate Command and Barrels and placed second in Poles.
The Western High Point Senior 4-H Champion was Jennifer Gannon. Jennifer won Sr. Fitting and Showmanship, Ranch Riding, Trail, and Barrels. She placed second in Sr. Poles. Jennifer ended the day earning the Sr. 4-H Western High Point Championship. Reserve High Point Senior 4-H Champion was Makenzie Miller. Makenzie took blue ribbons in Confirmation Gelding with her Quarter horse “AOK Think Mr. Peters,” and Sr. Horsemanship. She placed second in Trail, and received three third places in Ranch Riding, Western Pleasure and Fitting and Showmanship. AOK Think Mr. Peters was judged Overall Reserve Western Confirmation Champion horse in the Confirmation finals.
Western Reserve Champion in Fitting and Showmanship went to Sr. 4-H’er Regan Kellum, showing her horse “Penny.” Grand Champion Western Confirmation horse was awarded to “Zoey” a Quarter horse mare shown by Jr. 4-H’er June Winterstein. There was a large leadline group of riders in the Open Under 8 classes this year, which is run independently of 4-H rules. Children under 8 cannot officially be members of 4-H until they turn 8 years old. The Open classes had up to 8 children under adult supervision and closely monitored while participated in four Under 8 classes at the show for Western day.
A noteworthy moment at the Western show; first year Sr. 4-H’er Nikki Bowers, 14, of Centreville, in full competitive classes, won Sr. Western Pleasure and placed second in Horsemanship riding 30-year-old Quarter horse “Chips Copy Two” (Chip). Nikki has only been riding horses for the past year and half. Chip won his first blue ribbon at the QA Fair horse show 21 years ago when then 11-year-old 4-H’er Karen Bishop was riding him. Many 4-H’ers have ridden Chip over the years, learning to ride with great success.
The following are the complete Western 4-H horse show results. Confirmation Pony 1. “Paris” — Julia Haynes 2. “Maggie” — Austin Eader
3. “Cookie Dough”- Nicoletta Mood 4. “Boots” — Aliya Shiley 5. “Onyx” — Julia Myers Confirmation Mare 1. “Zoey” — June Winterstein
2. “Little Kata Cool” — Jennifer Gannon
3. “So Hot I’m Awesome” — Grace Evans
4. “Maelee’s Sky Fly” — Jordan Middleton
5. “Lady Freedom” — Rylie Lowe 6. “Flicka” — Faith Rector Confirmation Gelding 1. “AOK Think Mr. Peters” — Makenzie Miller
2. “Chance” — Stringer Jillian
3. “Beau” — Breanna Mood
4. “Remi” — Emma Leavers
5. “Bel Figleo” — Sophia Bevins 6. “Starr” — Allison Dill Champion Western Confirmation Horse: “Zoey” — June Winterstein
Reserve Champion Western Confirmation Horse: “AOK Think Mr. Peters” — Makenzie Miller
Jr. Fitting & Showmanship 1. Julia Price 2. Austin Eader 3. June Winterstein 4. Lindsay Voshell 5. Julia Haynes 6. Allison Dill Intermediate Fitting & Showmanship 1. Grace Evans 2. Ashley Falcone 3. Jillian Stringer 4. Anna Mae Cephas 5. Julia Myers 6. Emma Leavers Sr. Fitting & Showmanship 1. Jennifer Gannon 2. Regan Kellum 3. Makenzie Miller 4. Breanna Mood 5. Nicole Bowers 6. Melissa Weigman Champion Western Fitting & Showmanship: Grace Evan showing “So Hot I’m Awesome”
Reserve Champion Western Fitting & Showmanship: Regan Kellum showing “Penny”
Overall Champion (English & Western) Showmanship: Grace Evans showing “So Hot I’m Awesome”
Reserve (English & Showmanship: Gannon showing Kata Cool”
Open Under 8
1. Lauren Levasseur showing “Abita Redfords Chip”
2. Lilly Stievers showing “Sunny Days Always Sparkle”
3. Payton “Lacey”
4. Claire Winterstein showing “Suzie” Open Leadline Under 8 1. Payton Dill 2. Lauren Levasseur 3. Eliza Jane Davidson 4. Lilly Stievers 5. (tie) Emma Jo Davidson and Claire Winterstein
6. (tie) Bo Davidson and Levi Marx Open Walk Under 8 1. Lauren Levasseur 2. Payton Dill 3. Eliza Jane Davidson 4. Lilly Stievers Open Walk/Trot Under 8 1. Lauren Levasseur 2. Lilly Stievers 3. Payton Dill Champion Open Under 8 Division High Point: Lauren Levasseur
Reserve Champion Open Under 8 Division High Point: Payton Dill
Jr. Walk/Jog Horsemanship 1. June Winterstein 2. Julia Price 3. Finley Patchett 4. Christy Vochell 5. Caitlin Plugge Champion Western) Jennifer “Little
Showmanship Dill showing
The QA Fair 4-H Western Horse Show Overall Western Fitting and Showmanship Champion was Intermediate 4-H’er Grace Evans, 12, of Stevensville, left, showing Quarter horse mare “So Hot I’m Awesome.” Reserve Western Champion was Sr. 4-H’er Regan Kellum, 15, showing Quarter horse mare “Penny.”
Jr. 4-H’er Allison Dill, 9, of Queen Anne, rides her Quarter horse “Starr” during Barrel Racing event at the QA Fair Western Horse Show Wednesday, Aug. 8. Allison won six of eight classes she entered to earn the Overall Junior 4-H High Point Champion for the Western Show. She won Jr. Barrels with “Starr,” running the course in less than 28 seconds.
Jr. 4-H’er Austin Eader, 9, of Easton, rides his 24-year old Welsh pony “Maggie Moo” in the Jr. Barrel Race competition Wednesday, Aug. 8.