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Putnam 4-H Youth Excel in Horse Judging Competitions


In the senior division at the Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition the senior division team dominated the day by taking home top honors and earning a trip to the state contest. Members of the senior team were, from left to right, Boston Campbell, Grace Harris and Kayla Evans. Additionally in the senior division, Grace Harris placed first overall. (Courtesy Photo) In the senior division at the Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition the senior division team dominated the day by taking home top honors and earning a trip to the state contest. Members of the senior team were, from left to right, Boston Campbell, Grace Harris and Kayla Evans. Additionally in the senior division, Grace Harris placed first overall. (Courtesy Photo) The Putnam County 4-H Junior and Senior Horse and Pony Judging Teams have continued to grow in numbers and have had a busy and successful competition season. Participating in the Senior division this year were Boston Campbell, Kayla Evans, Jessica Hays and Grace Harris. Participating in the Junior division were Sonora Erwin, Emma Summers, Aubrey Summers, Callie Buckman, Lilly Stanley, Sydney Moore, Mackenzie McCollough, Kyley Pelfrey, Izabella Summerlot, Skylar Cradick, Rachel Salee and Leah Salee.

The team began the season competing April 1 at the Hoosier Horse Fair Judging Invitational. It is rare that everyone comes home from a contest with a ribbon, but we are proud to say that was our experience at this contest. This was our only contest broken into three divisions: Junior, Intermediate and Senior. In the junior division, Aubrey Summers placed fifth and Skylar Craddick placed fourth. Earning individual honors in the Intermediate division were Emma Summers in fifth and Rachel Salee in third. Also in the junior division, the team of Emma Summers, Sonora Erwin and Sydney Moore placed fourth while the team of Izabella Summerlot, Rachel Salee and Leah Salee placed third. Finally the senior team of Boston Campbell, Kayla Evans, Jessica Hays and Grace Harris brought home fourth place.


During the Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition the junior division had two groups of juniors place. The team of, front row, left to right, Lilly Stanley, Izabella Summerlot, Sydney Moore and back row, Emma Summers placed second, qualifying them for state. Additionally, Izabella Summerlot placed fourth and Emma Summers placed fifth, individually. (Courtesy Photo) During the Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition the junior division had two groups of juniors place. The team of, front row, left to right, Lilly Stanley, Izabella Summerlot, Sydney Moore and back row, Emma Summers placed second, qualifying them for state. Additionally, Izabella Summerlot placed fourth and Emma Summers placed fifth, individually. (Courtesy Photo) The very next weekend, April 8, the team traveled to Foxton Farms in Romney, Indiana to participate in the Purdue Western Equestrian Team Invitational. In the junior division, Putnam County had three individuals appear in the top 10 – Sydney Moore in ninth, Mackenzie McCollough in sixth and Izabella Summerlot in fifth. In the team rankings, the junior team of Sydney Moore, Izabella Summerlot and Lilly Stanley brought home fifth, while the team of Callie Buckman, Mackenzie McCollough and Skylar Craddick brought home third. Rounding out the day, Grace Harris brought home 10th place in the senior division.


2017 Purdue Western Equestrian Team participants, from left to right, Mackenzie McCullough, Callie Buckman, Sydney Moore, Lilly Stanley, Skylar Craddick, Izabella Summerlot, Grace Harris, Kayla Evans. (Courtesy Photo) 2017 Purdue Western Equestrian Team participants, from left to right, Mackenzie McCullough, Callie Buckman, Sydney Moore, Lilly Stanley, Skylar Craddick, Izabella Summerlot, Grace Harris, Kayla Evans. (Courtesy Photo) On April 22 the teams headed to Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition, where Putnam County again had an outstanding showing.


During the Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition the junior division team above took home third place honors. The winning team members were, from left to right, Sonora Erwin, Callie Buckman, Aubrey Summers, Mackenzie McCullough. (Courtesy Photo) During the Saint Mary of the Woods Equestrian Center for the Area competition the junior division team above took home third place honors. The winning team members were, from left to right, Sonora Erwin, Callie Buckman, Aubrey Summers, Mackenzie McCullough. (Courtesy Photo) In the junior division, the team of Mackenzie McCullough, Callie Buckman, Sonora Erwin and Aubrey Summers brought home third place and the team of Izabella Summerlot, Emma Summers, Sydney Moore and Lilly Stanley brought home second place – qualifying them for the state contest. Additionally in the junior division, Emma Summers placed fifth and Izabella Summerlot placed fourth individually.

In the senior division, the team of Boston Campbell, Kayla Evans and Grace Harris dominated the day taking home top honors and earning a trip to the state contest. Additionally, in the senior division, Grace Harris took top honors placing first overall.

Rounding out the season, the State Horse and Pony Horse Judging Competition was held May 6 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, and once again, Putnam County found their way into the awards with the Junior team of Sydney Moore, Izabella Summerlot, Emma Summers and Lilly Stanley bringing home fifth place.

“The purpose of these types of events is not just to learn to judge a variety of breeds of horses and various riding disciplines, but to develop life skills such as evaluating choices, decision making and being able to present an organized and concise verbal summary of their evaluations,” said Coach Lisa Pitts. “I just could not be more proud of the hard work all of these kids have put into learning the material and preparing for the contests. Even those not making their way into the ribbons had an excellent showing at one contest or another. While so many programs are struggling in the state, it is a privilege to see our county judging program continue to grow.”

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