Mimi Cate Copeland (right) was named State 4-H Champion Junior Showman with her horse, Travis, while Bailey Hatfield (left) was selected as the Reserve Champion Junior Showman pictured alongside her horse, Red. (Courtesy photo.)
Oklahoma youth compete at State 4-H Horse Show
Spanning the course of three days, the 2015 Oklahoma State 4-H Horse Show was held at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Starting June 18, 4-H members of all ages traveled from across the state to compete in various events. In order to qualify for the state contest, these young agriculturists first competed at the district level and placed in the top 10 individuals in their class. With 42 different classes that members could participate in, there were over 200 4-H members entered to compete at the State 4-H Horse Show. Each division proved to be extremely competitive and full of experienced horsemen.
There were several divisions devoted solely to evaluating the ability of these young members to ride their animals through different patterns. There were a few divisions that were placed based upon a certified judge’s evaluation of the conformation of the horses.
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Federal, industry speakers address AHC's 2015 Issues Forum
A broad range of speakers from the federal government and the horse industry addressed the American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. June 16. The theme of the forum was “Protecting and Promoting the Horse.” This year’s forum, sponsored by Luitpold, drew a crowd of about 175 and was held in conjunction with the AHC’s annual convention, which ran from June 14 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. “We were very pleased with the crowd and the presentations,” said AHC President Jay Hickey, “particularly the afternoon sessions, which were very upbeat and highlighted the efforts of six organizations working hard to attract people, particularly youth, to the horse experience and keep them involved.”
Horse slaughter could return under USDA funding bill
The American Horse Council reported July 10 the House Appropriations Committee July 8 approved its version of the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which provides funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture. The bill contains several provisions that impact the horse industry, including funding for USDA equine health activities and enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.
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