Submitted by Claudia Meeks Baney, 4-H Animal Science specialist, UT Department of Animal Science
Fifty-one 4-H horse project members recently returned from a successful trip to the 2013 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in West Monroe, La., July 29-Aug. 3. The Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships is a culmination of the top 4-H horses, riders and educational contest participants from 13 Southern states. Tennessee had 34 horse/rider combinations competing and 13 delegates competing in a number of educational contests.

The championships started off with the educational contests. All of the Tennessee delegates who competed did excellent jobs in public speaking, individual presentation, hippology, horse bowl and horse judging. The Sumner County horse judging team consisting of Allie Broadway, Stephen McNeil, Wesley McGowan, and Savannah York placed fourth overall. The Putnam County horse judging team,
Kelsey Bussell, Savannah Holloway, Amy Morgan and Sarah Cody, came in tenth overall. Amy Morgan was eighth overall high individual.

In the communication contests, Sarah Cody of Putnam County placed seventh overall in individual presentation and Samantha Steger was fifth place in public speaking. In hippology, the Williamson County team of Olivia Cesnik, Julia Rhyne, Allie Robertson and Savannah Yonge placed sixth overall. The Knox County team of Sophie Antol, Catherine Albert, Moriah Brothers and Rachael Millard was seventh overall. Olivia Cesnik was the fifth place high individual and Moriah Brothers was tenth high individual in hippology.
The Knox County Horse Bowl team with members Sophie Antol, Catherine Albert, Moriah Brothers and Rachael Millard placed fifth overall. Rachel Millard was the second place high individual in the Horse Bowl contest.  
The horse show classes were very competitive with some of the top 4-H horse and rider combinations in the southern region. The Tennessee delegates did exceptionally well in all of their classes. Keeley Carr, Rutherford County, was awarded high point champion in the Non-Trotting Division on her horse Power’s Wise Warier. Fellow Rutherford County 4-H member, Maggie Loyd received honorable mention in the Non-Trotting Division.
Congratulations to all of our Tennessee delegates! We are looking forward to another successful competition next year in Raleigh, N.C. For more information on the 4-H Horse Program and complete results for all the events at the 2013 Southern Regional Horse Championships please visit

4-H is a national youth development organization managed in Tennessee by UT Extension. UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.



Claudia Meeks Baney, 4-H Animal Science specialist, UT Department of Animal Science,