Clinton G. Depew, Coolman, Denise, Merrill, Thomas A. | 4/19/2005 10:29:01 PM
WEST MONROE – About 500 4-H’ers from across the South rode into the Ike Hamilton Expo Center here recently for the 2004 4-H Southern Regional Horse Show.
The 4-H’ers, who previously had won honors at shows in their home states, came from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Hosted this year by the LSU AgCenter, the show ran from July 28 through Aug. 1, and a number of the Louisiana participants were among those winning honors in the regional event.
The annual event, which rotates among the states involved, is designed to let youth show off their talents with horses and in horse-related activities, as well as in such areas as public speaking.
"Participating in these activities has benefits for young people ranging from helping them to learn responsibility to giving them a chance to participate in something with their families," LSU AgCenter horse specialist Dr. Clint Depew said. "But a show like this also has an economic benefit for the area – which surveys show could be around $3 million to $4 million."
Louisiana winners in the regional competition, listed by parish, were:
Acadia Parish – Sean Dubose, 7th place in Stock Type Mares; Cameron Miller, 2nd place in Stocking Type Geldings; and Mallory Hornsby, 6th place in Western Riding.
Ascension Parish – Grant Smith, 7th place in Breakaway Roping and 7th place in Calf Roping.
Concordia Parish – Jamie Lynn Huffman, 3rd place in the Stakes Finals and 5th place in the Barrels Finals.
Iberia Parish – Bethany Elder and Grace Leleaux, 6th place in Team Demonstration.
Lafourche Parish – Luke Dufrene, 3rd place in the Breakaway Roping and 4th place in Calf Roping, as well as Reserve High Point Winner in Calf Roping; Jordan Allemand, 10th place in Breakaway Roping and 6th place in Calf Roping; and Jena Martin, Katie Authment, Sara Thibodaux and Rebecca Blanchard, 6th in Horse Judging Team.
Lafayette Parish – Kaitlyn Landry, 10th place in Stock Type Mares; Lindsey Theriot, 7th in Barrel Racing; and Gentry Pickett, 9th place in Public Speaking.
Lincoln Parish – Gwin Hedgepeth, 7th place in Western Riding.
Livingston Parish – Julie Hardy, 2nd place in the Stakes Race and 8th place in Barrel Racing.
Madison Parish – Dana Rinicker, 4th place in the Stakes Race, 5th place in Pole Bending and 4th place in Barrel Racing.
Orleans Parish – Braxton Laughlin, 3rd place in Calf Roping.
Rapides Parish – Morgan Williams, 9th place in Stock Type Mares and 9th place in Showmanship/Western Attire, and Casey Moses, 10th place in Stocking Type Geldings.
St. Mary Parish – Caroline Minvielle, 5th place in Western Riding.
St. Tammany Parish – Katie Brandner, 7th place in Western Pleasure; Marie Luke, 8th place in Western Pleasure; and Victoria Chiri, 9th place in Western Pleasure.
St. John Parish – Ashley Reine, 3rd place in Reining.
Winn Parish – Tori Adams, Danny Howell, Lindsey Weeks and Katlyn Chandler, 5th in Horse Judging Team.
Other Louisiana 4-H’ers, who were winners at the state show in July and earned the right to participate in the 4-H Southern Regional Horse Show were Andy Causey of Caldwell Parish; Katie Barber and Brandy Green, East Baton Rouge Parish; Alexandra Donaldson and Christopher Stevens, Iberia Parish; Kells Castille, Lacey Guilbeau, Brittany Hernandez, Brooke Lynn Miller and Kylie Payne, Lafayette Parish; Sarah Willie, Orleans Parish; Ellis Dufresne, St. James Parish; Katie Reine, St. John Parish; Melinda Parrish, St. Martin Parish; Katie Borne, Elise Breaux and Rachel Petroff, St. Tammany Parish; Kaitlen Emfinger, Tensas Parish; and Kristen Morrison, Vernon Parish.
To learn more about 4-H and the variety of youth programs and other activities offered through the LSU AgCenter, visit www.lsuagcenter.com.