Horse Shows Are for More Than Just Riding
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Horse Shows are for More Than Just Riding
Riders from across North Carolina, along with judges from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Mississippi came together for the NC State 4-H Horse Show, July 6-10 at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. As one would imagine there were lots of horses and riders, show patterns to memorize, and many winners in the show classes, but what many don’t realize is that 4-H’ers have the opportunity to do so much more.
In addition to the traditional horse show, 4-H’ers have the opportunity to enter the Artistic Expression and Creative Writing Contests.
The Artistic Expression contests provide an educational opportunity for participants to exhibit their artistic skills, in a variety of different events, pertaining to horses and the 4-H horse project. The goals of the Horse Creative Writing Events are to provide an outlet for written expression for the 4-H member on horse-related topics while encouraging youth to express their experiences and ideas in a creative manner (2022 NC 4-H Horse Program Artistic Expression and Creative Writing Contests)
Two Carteret County 4-H’ers found success in the Artistic Expression and Creative Writing Contests.
Hannah Broadhurst entered four categories in the Junior Division: Craft, Standard Photography, Digitally Enhanced Photography, and Drawing. This year, Hannah has taken her photography skills to the next level and has enjoyed finding horses to photograph so she could enter the contest. Her entry into the Digitally Enhanced Photography category was taken while she visited the National Zoo in Washington DC. She finished 3rd with her horse photo. Additionally, Hannah created a horse craft using oven baked clay and beads that finished 7th in the Craft Junior Division.
Delaney Meadows rides with Croatan 4-H Horse Club. In addition to showing this year, she also entered the Senior Division Essay Contest, with her work, “Horse Literacy.” Delaney finished 2nd with her entry.
Delaney also placed 5th in Western Horsemanship, 9th in Versatility Senior Riders Western, 7th in Western Show Hack and 9th in Ranch Riding.
The 4-H Horse Program aims to develop leadership abilities, build character, promote a greater love of animals, teach sportsmanship and to promote the horse industry. We are proud of our Carteret County 4-H’ers as they continue to expand and grow in their 4-H projects. We look forward to watching them develop as leaders and continue to be successful in their 4-H adventures.
Excerpt from “Horse Literacy,”
What Literacy Means to Me, a Reflective Essay by Delaney Meadows
The communication skills I learned from my 4-H project horses have helped me grow as an equestrian and as a person. I learned that there’s always a “rough draft” phase where the horse is not quite polished but still needs a lot of editing and rewriting, just like the world we live in today sometimes feels like a big, messy rough draft. The good thing about a rough draft is you have the power to rewrite as much as you want. You have control over your story and can only make it better if you choose to do so. There’s always a finished product and you just have to keep polishing to be the best you can be. My project horses gave me my first blue ribbon, my first black eye, and taught me how to lose and how to win at that same time and the importance of learning from my mistakes. They also taught me that it’s ok to move on. I have since parted ways with most of my project horses, they are currently happy getting fat in the pasture right now, and I came out of the my 4-H horse project experiences with a lot of patience, and some very valuable hardcore “horse literacy” skills.