1997 Pennsylvania Horse Show Announces Winners

January 01, 1998

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 38th Annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held last October 24-26 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. A total of 825 youth competed in 41 performance and 68 production classes after qualifying at local and district shows.

Highlights were the Recognition Ceremony, including presentation of the 1997 Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Program Outstanding Member Awards, the Equine Educational Exhibit Awards and the Good Housekeeping Award. Other activities included educational and commercial exhibits throughout the show, a dance for exhibitors and 4-H members, and a scavenger hunt.

Danielle Laniewski of Edinboro, Erie County, received the 1997 Outstanding Member Award, which recognizes leadership ability, project work and participation in local, county, district and state activities. She received a saddle donated by Smuckers Harness Shop of Narvon.

Five finalists received show halters and leads donated by The Tack Room of Lewisburg. The finalists were Sabrina Asper of York County, Karla Clemens of Montgomery County, Guilynn Marie Destefano of Beaver County, Lisa Kwisnek of Indiana County, and Katie Ramsey of Berks County.

For the fifth year, county 4-H clubs were able to display their horsemanship skills through Equine Educational Exhibits. The 25 exhibits were judged on educational content and equine facts.

Perry County was named grand champion in the equine exhibits competition for its display "Horse Sense/Communication." A perpetual trophy donated by Hoy's Trophies and Awards of Export will reside in the county for one year.

Centre County was named reserve champion for the exhibit "Helpful Leads on Safety." Washington County earned third place for an exhibit entitled "Bon Appetit."

More than 7,400 young people are enrolled in 4-H horse projects in Pennsylvania. These programs are designed to help youths develop life skills and gain knowledge of horse production, use and management. Competitions promote development of riding and showmanship skills, while encouraging responsibility, self-confidence, sportsmanship and responsible care of project animals.

For more information about 4-H horse programs in Pennsylvania, contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension office in your county.

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EDITORS: For more information, contact Pat Comerford at 814-863-3657 or John Wall John_Wall@agcs.cas.psu.edu 814-863-2719 814-865-1068 fax

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