The art of showmanship

Photos by Joan Mitchell

Learning the ins and outs of proper horse showmanship involves countless hours of practice. A group of 16 young equestrians tested their skills at the 2022 4-H Horses R Us Club Show at the Sublette County Fairgrounds on Monday, July 11.

The event served as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming county fair, said Kristi Hibbert, who leads the Horses R Us Club with Brent Hibbert. 4-H members exhibited their animals and riding techniques before a panel of judges from Rock Springs and Idaho.

In addition to scoring contestants, the judges provided participants with in-depth feedback on areas for individual improvement, said Kristi Hibbert.

Matazie Jones earned the Sportsmanship Award for encouraging other riders and demonstrating a strong partnership between horse and rider, according to Hibbert said. Tom Brown presented the award in memory of his wife, Andy Brown, a long-time 4-H leader and expert equestrian.

Emma York, Bill Hibbert and Hallie Dennis each received the Judges Award. High Point Awards went to Eli Shoup in the junior division, Brylie Bailey in the intermediate division and Kellum Carnahan in the senior division.

Hibbert thanked the judges and their assistants for making the trip to Sublette County. Judge Holli Davis and assistant Macie Burbank traveled hundreds of miles from Idaho and judge Dava Martin and assistant Abby Hill arrived from Rock Springs. Jakobi Burbank was the show secretary.

Hibbert also gave a shout out to the parent volunteers who helped put the show together.

Photos by Joan Mitchell

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