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October 1, 2019

Fauquier County 4-H’ers win big at state horse show

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Fauquier’s Savanna Reinhardt, Autumn Reed and Caroline Ralls earned ribbons Sept. 12-15 at the Virginia Horse Center near Lexington.
Young Fauquier equestrians performed well at the 2019 Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show last month near Lexington.

The show drew more than 700 competitors to the Virginia Horse Center on Sept. 12-15.

Nine Fauquier youngsters competed: Nicole Faye, Austin Hill, Zoe Kovacs, Emileigh Mills, Caroline Ralls, Autumn Reed, Savanna Reinhardt, Eli Reinhardt and Kailee Sullivan.

These won top awards:

• Austin Hill, Reserve Champion — Senior Horse Gymkhana

• Zoe Kovacs, Senior Champion — Miniature Horse

• Emileigh Mills, Reserve Champion — Driving Classics

• Caroline Ralls, Reserve Grand Champion — Senior Showmanship

• Autumn Reed, Reserve Champion — Large Pony Pleasure Senior Division

“I am beyond proud of the Lucky Bits and Spurs 4H Club and the other Fauquier clubs,” said Kaiti Mills, co-leader of the Lucky Bits and Spurs. “These kids displayed only the best sportsmanship, horsemanship, encouragement and above all teamwork.

“These kids told every kid they saw, ribbon or not: Great job! They put smiles on faces that didn't have them and they kept the best attitudes over four very grueling days of showing. They rode, showed and drove beautifully and showed respect to others. If all of you could see only a tiny portion of what I see in these kids, you would be amazed.”

The State 4-H Horse Show is self-funded through entry fees, donations by friends of the State 4-H Horse Program and corporate sponsors such as the Virginia Horse Industry Board, the Virginia Horse Council, Blue Ridge Trailers, Virginia Farm Bureau, Southern States, and Farm Credit. The Horse Show Hero Program also helps to fund this event by allowing participants to raise monies in lieu of paying entry fees.

The Virginia State 4-H Championship Horse and Pony Show is in its 59th year and draws in more than 2,000 youth, parents and volunteers from across the state. The state show is 99-percent run by volunteers, most of whom grew up in the program and continue to give back, many using their own vacation time.

For more information about Fauquier County 4-H, click here.

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