Most of the youth receiving 2013 PAHA High Point Awards at the December banquet earned a significant number of their points at 4H events with their Arabian and Half Arabian horses.
Two young cousins from Bedford County reported impressive 4H results. Ten-year-old Isabelle Fisher competed successfully with Pineglen Cashew at her local roundup, placing 1st in working hunter, hunter hack ponies, and showmanship, and 3rd in equitation. At their district show, they were 1st in working hunter, 2nd in hunter hack, and 3rd in showmanship, advancing to the state show in hunter hack. This versatile pair also won the overall youth championship in the Keystone 4H state competitive trail ride with a score of 99.
Her cousin Noah Clark, riding Packers Path Ember, won the Western pleasure ponies 13 hands and under at his local roundup and districts, qualifying for states, where he placed in the top ten.
Among the older youth, Taylor Parrish and Urban Legend won everything they entered at the Lehigh County Roundup: showmanship, trail, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, and hunter hack. They also placed well in most of those classes at their district show.
Three Sullivan County teens made their mark in 4H events also. Fallyn Russell, 14, won showmanship and Western pleasure ponies at her local roundup with purebred gelding DLG Faithful Bask.
Bethany Lambert, 16, and Santee Spotlight, won trail, Western pleasure horses, and Western horsemanship locally and placed well at Districts in the latter two.
Her sister Meredith, in her 10th and last year of 4H, qualified Its Party Time, a Half Arabian, in saddle seat pleasure and equitation for districts and then states, where they won the won the state championship in pleasure and 4th in equitation. She also qualified MV Jiffypop in pleasure horse driving and placed 5th out of 16 in the state championships.
All of these youth also won PAHA points with substantial success in open and/or Arabian shows.
Among other youths listed in the program for the state 4H show as having qualified to compete there with production and/or performance Arabians were Rylan and Kennedy Fagan from Columbia County, Kristen Ewing and Madysen Smyers, Bedford County, Samantha and Nicole Dickson, Westmoreland County, and Kara Wiley, Franklin County.
PAHA leadership is pleased at the extent of involvement of those who exhibit Arabian horses in 4H and would like to hear more about their accomplishments and others’. You may e-mail the writer of this article at [email protected] or the PAHA President or Secretary.