Trotting in for the win!
Alexis Crabbe of Lottsburg won Champion in junior division minis and Reserve Champion Winner in combined junior and senior minis.
Northumberland Co. Bills, Beaks and Hooves 4-H Club has done it again!
The long practice sessions, horse training, skills evaluations, horse knowledge tests, horse project requirements, meetings, qualifying shows – not to mention baking goodies for fund raisers – all came together when the “Northumberland Nation” miniature horse drill team received a standing ovation at the 2013 Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show on Sept. 14 .
The Drill Team Showcase was held this year during the 4-H State Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington Sept. 12-15. Four Northumberland BB&H 4-H club members with their coach, Heather Kirby of Randolph Macon College, prepared over the summer at CK Ranch in Callao to perfect the routine performed to 6 minutes of music.
Team Leader Elana Wilson led the troupe driving CK Ranch horse “Apollo,” followed by Alexis Crabbe and horse “Magnum,” Beverly Trice and “Shenandoah” and Amaya Crabbe and “Babylon.”
Under the bright lights in Waldron arena the crowd cheered as the team performed the Figure Eight, Serpentine, 45 degree turns and the difficult Whip to a Pinwheel all in perfect pace choreographed to the musical theme of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ producing an exhilarating performance. . Ahh… but that’s not all!
In individual competition Alexis Crabbe and horse “Magnum” placed 2nd in Jr. Hunter Showmanship out of 74 participants and advanced to the Showmanship Finals. Amaya Crabbe with “Babylon” also placed 7th in this class.
In the performance competition Alexis received 1st place in Pleasure Driving, 2nd place in Trail and 4th place in Hunter. Alexis’ overall score resulted in a “J.”
Elana Wilson also placed 5th in Trail, 5th in Hunter, 5th in pleasure driving and 23rd in Showmanship out of 45.
Ty Kirby and his horse “Sunny Delight,” in the Senior Gymkhanna Horse Division, placed 9th in Stake Race and participated in Cloverleaf Barrel Race, Pole Bending Race and Senior Showmanship.
Even though they missed school and field hockey practice for the four-day competition, the youth didn’t get out of test taking while at the Horse Center. Beverly, Alexis, Elana and Amaya also took the Hippology (Horse Knowledge) written test and Horse Judging test.
Many thanks to Coach, Heather Kirby, CK Ranch Owners, Olverson’s Lodge Creek Marina, The Lewis’ and VCE for their support.
County youth beginning at age 9 interested in joining the Bills Beaks and Hooves 4-H Club, open enrollment will be from October through December. Horse Project participants need to sign up by the Jan. 1 deadline for the 2014 season. For more information, please visit the club website at: http://bbh-4h.wix.com/billsbeaksandhooves or call the Northumberland County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 804-580-5694.