Press release:

ATHENS, Georgia (June 16, 2021) – The Georgia 4-H State Horse Show 2021, hosted by Georgia 4-H, was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. A total of 157 young people took part in the competition.

The Georgia 4-H Horse Program teaches teenagers life skills, including leadership, teamwork, and problem solving. In addition, they develop character traits of responsibility, discipline and respect.

“Enthusiasm and camaraderie reigned during the five-day horse show that brought the 4-Hers, their families and horses together for the first personal horse competition in over a year,” said Dr. Julia McCann, University of Georgia, Animal & Dairy Science Equine Specialist. “The show in Sutherland and the new Perdue Arena was exciting and consolidated the performances to facilitate the opportunity to support and participate in cross-disciplinary shows.”

The state horse tournament offers young people the opportunity to ride in five different disciplines and to take part in a written quiz about riding skills and 4-H skills. There were a total of 89 classes in five divisions, including Ranch Horse, Stock Seat, Gang / Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat and Contest. In addition to the equestrian events, participants were able to take part in horse method demonstrations, team demonstrations, public speaking, art and essay competitions. All classes were judged by experienced riders and other experts. From this event, 70 Georgia 4-H youths will qualify to Georgia at the Southern Regional Horse Championships along with 4-H’ers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas to represent Oklahoma and Arkansas in Perry, Georgia, July 28 through August 1, 2021.

Scholarships, ribbons, and special prizes for the show were donated by event sponsors: the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Equine, the Horseman’s Quarter Horse Association, Godfrey’s Feed, and Stoney Fork Products. High Point Senior Discipline winners will receive a $ 500 scholarship, Georgia Master 4-H’er status and will be honored at the Georgia State 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia in July. Reserve High Point Senior Discipline winners will receive a US $ 300 scholarship.

Contest Events section highlights:

Junior: Hannah Minchew, Towns County

Senior: Camille Johnson, Elbert County

Hunt Seat Division Highlights:

Shamrock: Reagan Hendrix, Bulloch County

Junior: Hannah Minchew, Towns County

Senior: Emma Bayer, Cobb County

Ranch Horse Division highlights:

Shamrock: Sara Morgan Sapp, Burke County

Junior: Kaylee Cahill, Bleckley County

Senior: Emma Watson, Bulloch County

Aisle / Saddle Seat Division Highlights:

Shamrock: Kamryn Vannier, Monroe County

Junior: Matthew Mullins, Thomas County

Senior: Savannah Conner, Fulton County

Stock Seat Division highlights:

Shamrock: Aubrey Icard, Houston County

Junior: Hannah Minchew, Towns County

Senior: Noel Pickel, Morgan County

Seven teenagers from Sumter County 4-H competed in the State 4-H Horse Show and five 4-H teenagers from Advanced to Southern Regional Championship 2021. Competitors for the Senior Hunt Seat Division were Avery Milikin, Morgan Kitchens, Brylie Redding and Catie Paradise. Avery Milikin finished fourth overall and Morgan Kitchens was ninth overall winner of the Senior Hunt Seat Division. The competitors for the Junior Hunt Seat Division were Mallory Crenshaw, Adler Rae Owens and Cate Stallings. Adler Rae Owens was seventh overall in the Junior Division and Cate Stallings was eighth overall in the Junior Hunt Seat Division. Catie Paradise, Avery Milikin, Cate Stallings, Adler Rae Owens and Morgan Kitchens all qualified to compete in the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships 2021. The Southern Regionals will be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds from July 28th to August 1st Agricenter in Perry, GA.

Georgia 4-H empowers young people to become real leaders by developing the necessary life skills, positive relationships, and community awareness. As the state’s largest youth leadership organization, 4-H reaches more than 190,000 people annually through the University of Georgia’s collaborative expansion offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact the Sumter County Extension Office at 229-924-4476.