Maryland 4-H Horse Judging team shines in Kentucky
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.
At the Kentucky Horse Park just outside Lexington, KY, the 2018 Maryland 4-H Horse Judging team stands in front a famed statue of Kentucky-bred Man o’ War, considered one of the greatest race horses ever in the U.S. From the left, Jennifer Gannon, Adrianna DiSilvestro, Coach Rebecca Gunderson, Cheyenne Van Echo and Lesley Porterfield. Visiting the park was a small part of the team’s touring while competing at the national 4-H horse judging competition held at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds in early Novemberas part of the North American International Livestock Exposition.
Local 4-H’ers, Jennifer Gannon, 18, of Ruthsburg, left, and Adrianna DiSilvestro, 17, of Easton, display the awards they won at the North American International Livestock Exposition as members of the Maryland 4-H Horse Judging team. As an individual, Jennifer placed second (Reserve Champion) out of 108 competitors in Confirmation Judging and Reasons. The team placed third overall in Confirmation Judging and Reasons.