The Alabama State 4-H Horse Show is set for July 6 through 10 in Montgomery at Garrett Coliseum. Approximately 300 youth from across the state are expected to compete.
The week of events will begin Monday with the judging contest, followed by hunt seat competition on Tuesday, saddle horse competition on Wednesday, dressage competition on Thursday and Western competition on Friday.
Show Coordinator and Extension Specialist Dr. Courteney McNamee said, she believes participation in youth horse shows sharpens life skills especially for youth involved in the educational events.
“This show also provides a less intimidating environment for youth who want to start showing horses or who want practice before entering shows with associations such as the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, United States Dressage Federation, etc. Another key aspect of this show is that a child doesn’t have to own a horse to participate. The Active and Passive Educational classes allows for everyone to get in on the fun.”
Judges for the show are well known throughout the equestrian world.
Western Judge Bobby Harrison is an AQHA and National Reining Horse Association carded judge. Harrison was recently selected to judge at the AQHA 2015 Ford Youth World Show. Among many other popular quarter horse shows, he has also judged the reining classes at the 46th annual All American Quarter Horse Congress. Harrison is also heavily involved with the Southeast Stock Horse Association as a judge and trainer.
Hunt Seat Judge Jan Massaro is a registered hunter judge with the United States Equestrian Federation. She has judged for more than 20 years for associations such as the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, Intercollegiate Horse Association and the Winter Equestrian Festival. She has also judged many 4-H events including the 4-H Regional Show hosted by North Carolina State.
Dressage Judge Fran Summerlin is the coordinator of the United States Eventing Association Area III Young Riders and a USDF judge. She has trained and competed for 20+ years while also training youth. One of her horses was in the 2014 Olympics in Athens and the Rolex Equestrian Event. She is a highly regarded clinician at Poplar Place Farms in Hamilton, Georgia.
Saddle Horse Judge Lynne Jones has judged Tennessee Walking Horses and Saddlebreds for more than 30 years. Jones will also be assisting with the judging contest event on Monday, June 6.
Judging Contest Judges Tara Perry and Kelly Pritcherd have both coordinated and judged Future Farmers of America and 4-H judging contests for more than 10 years. Perry and McNamee recently judged the FFA Horse Judging Contest together and they also serve as ring stewards for AQHA shows when possible.