4-H members participate in State Horse Show

Avent, Fras place well in competition

Alpena County 4-H announces it had two members compete in the Michigan 4-H State Horse Show at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Livestock Education in East Lansing.

Alpena 4-H members Savannah Avent and Kelsey Fras represented Alpena County 4-H at this prestigious competition. Avent placed first in pole bending class, second in speed and action class, and second in cloverleaf barrel race class. Overall Avent placed 4th in the state for junior pole bending. Fras placed second in pole bending class, first in speed and action class, and eighth in cloverleaf barrel race class. Overall Fras placed fifth in the state for junior speed and action.

The State 4-H Horse Show is an annual three-day event that brings together roughly 600 4-H’ers from counties across Michigan. Members are selected by their county 4-H programs to participate in this event.

Competing at the show and being able to represent their home county is a great honor for the youth. Over the three-day show, members compete in English, dressage, Western, trail, jumping, gymkhana and PEP (horseback riding for riders with disabilities) classes, against some of the most accomplished youth riders in Michigan.

Many spend months — even years — preparing themselves and their horses or ponies for the show, in hopes of bringing home a gold medal or even being named a state champion. Although the show is competitive, the experience the youth gain from it is far greater than simple awards.

What is unique about the State 4-H Horse Show is that it is almost entirely run by volunteers. Family and friends of 4-H from across the state come together to plan and run the show.

Volunteers are what make 4-H successful. If you are interested in learning more about Alpena County 4-H or becoming a volunteer please contact Helen-Ann Cordes at princeh1@anr.msu.edu or 354-9870.