Equestrians ride into Clemson for Southern Regional 4-H Championship

By Peter Kent

4-H Horse Show ContestantsHorse enthusiasts from 13 states rode into the Garrison Arena in July for the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship, hosted by the S.C. 4-H Horse Program and Clemson Extension.

The competition included educational contests involving Hippology, the study of horses; Horse Bowl, a quiz bowl contest; Horse Judging and Speeches; along with 35 horseshow classes in six divisions: roping, Western, hunter, saddle seat, non-trotting and speed events.

During the four-day horse show, South Carolina riders competed against 4-Hers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

“I’m proud to say that a South Carolina youth won reserve champion in both the speed events and the Western division,” said Kristine Vernon, 4-H horse project specialist at Clemson. “South Carolina riders held their own and placed in every division across the board.”

With some 650 4-Hers and their families at the competition, this show had the greatest number of show entries in the regional championship for the past five years.

For information: Kristine Vernon, 864-656-4028, kvernon@clemson.edu