Clearfield County 4-H Horse Happenings

Clearfield County 4-H Members recently took advantage of numerous 4-H sponsored horse events. 

Aug. 1-5 - Five Regional 4-H Production Horse Shows took place throughout the commonwealth.  This year, Clearfield County 4-H members participated at the Huntingdon & Lycoming County shows.  12 Clearfield County 4-H members received 1st place & qualified for the 52nd Annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show, which will take place on Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA:  Michaela Barber of Brookville, Marissa Douthit of Punxsutawney, Anna Fowler of Coalport, Susie Fry of Duncansville, Makayla Gates of Fallentimber, Cheyenne Holes of Fallentimber, Kyrsten Kowalzyk of Flinton, Sydney Lumadue of Fallentimber, Katelyn Matthews of Coalport, Liz McAndrew of Brockway, Morgan Reardon of Philipsburg, & Amber Sofronski of Irvona.

Aug. 18 - At Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, over 45 4-H youth from 14 counties competed in the 4-H Equine Skill-a-thon, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association (PQHA) and Penn State University.  The Skill-a-thon is an educational contest designed to test 4-H member’s familiarity with a variety of horse-related topics.  The event included three learning activities for 4-H members in the junior (ages 8-11), intermediate (ages 12-14), and senior (ages 15-18) age groups.  Competitors in each age group evaluated the conformation of a class of horses, took a written test focusing on equine knowledge, and tackled a series of stations that required them to identify everything from horse coat colors to equine tack and equipment.  Each contestant was publicly recognized in a ceremony held at the close of the contest, and each received a certificate.  Clearfield County results:  Cassandra Folmar of the Renegade Riders 4-H Club took 10th place overall out of 14 participants in the intermediate division and Chelsea Folmar of the Renegade Riders 4-H Club took 10th place overall out of 22 participants in the senior division. 

Aug. 21 – The 2011 District VIII 4-H Horse Show took place at Elk County Fairgrounds in Kersey.  Judges for the day were Jim Bowers of Ruffs Dale, PA & David Phillips of Penn Yan, NY.   14 Clearfield County 4-H members qualified for the 52nd Annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show, which will take place on Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA: 

Marissa Douthit of Punxsutawney, Brooke Ell of DuBois, Chelsea Folmar of Luthersburg, Alexes Hannold of Luthersburg, Ariel Hanst of DuBois, Ariel Korlinchak of Coalport, Rachel Lines of Rockton, Katelyn Matthews of Glasgow, Liz McAndrew of Brockway, Fran McAninch of DuBois, Alexis Mulhollen of Glasgow, Katie Russell of Grampian, Kristin Shaffer of Coalport, & Molly Wise of Brockway.

Sept. 23-24 - The 2011 PA 4-H State Competitive Trail Ride, known as “The Keystone Ride”, was held in Rothrock State Forest. 4-H members, leaders, family and friends arrived with their horses on Friday, September 23rd, went through pre-ride inspections and prepared to participate in the competitive trail ride on Saturday the 24th.  The 2011 Keystone Ride had participants from Bedford, Bradford, Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, Lancaster, Mifflin and Susquehanna counties.  Competitive trail riding takes place on well-marked trails at a timed pace.  Judges observe the ride, inspecting the horses before and after the competition.  The ride is not a race against time.  Scoring is based on the overall condition of the horse, with points subtracted for any changes in their horse’s condition.  Clearfield County results: Cassandra Folmar of the Renegade Riders 4-H Club– 3rd place in Division C – Jr. Riding Horses, Katie Russell of the Open Range 4-H Club – 2nd place in Division D – Sr. Riding Horses, Chelsea Folmar of the Renegade Riders 4-H Club– 3rd place in Division D – Sr. Riding Horses, Fran McAninch of the Town & Country 4-H Horse & Pony Club – 4th place in Division D – Sr. Riding Horses, Alex Russell of the Open Range 4-H Club – Participant, & Jodalynn Warholak of the Renegade Riders 4-H Club – Participant.  Jane Russell, 4-H Volunteer Leader with the Open Range 4-H Club, also participated.

Oct. 18 – The Clearfield County Horse Bowl Team was one of two teams representing Pennsylvania at the 45th Annual All American Quarter Horse Congress Horse Bowl Competition.  The team consisting of Chelsea Folmar of the Renegade Riders 4-H Club, Ariel Korlinchak of Top O’ the Hill 4-H Club, Katelyn Matthews of Top O’ the Hill 4-H Club, Katie Russell of Open Range 4-H Club, & Alex Russell (alternate) of Open Range 4-H Club received fifth place overall out of a total of nineteen teams from across the country.  Out of a total of 58 individuals, Chelsea Folmar of Luthersburg received 6th place overall. The team was coached & chaperoned by Tammy Angeletti of Luthersburg. 

4-H is a non-formal youth development educational program of Penn State Extension for all youth between the ages of 8 and 19, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, or veteran status.  For additional information on the 4-H program, contact Jana Lynne Davidson at Penn State Extension in Clearfield County at (814) 765-7878 Ext. 3.

(Photo provided by Jana Davidson)

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:  After the 2011 Pennsylvania 4-H Competitive Trail Ride Awards Presentation, Clearfield County 4-H members were all smiles!  From left to right is Alex Russell of Grampian, Fran McAninch of DuBois, Katie Russell of Grampian, Dr. Scott McAllister (Veterinarian/Judge), Kirsten Dubbs (Horsemanship Skills Judge), Jodalynn Warholak of Rockton, Cassie Folmar of Luthersburg, & Chelsea Folmar of Luthersburg.

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