By GRETA AND BETH FRIESEN
Seven members of the Midnight Riders 4H club of Hinesburg participated in the Vermont State 4H Horse Show July 12 to 15 in New Haven, bringing home a rainbow of ribbons, championship placing and awards.
The four-day event allows riders to show their English riding skills and care for the horses they train with at the Livery Horse Farm.
Owner Kim Johansen and her daughter Gabrielle Clow coached the members participating in events such as dressage, jumping, drill team and many standard English riding classes.
In addition to riding, the team was tested in horsemanship knowledge with a written test, a quiz bowl contest and horse judging. Club member Maya Ivanova placed first in quiz bowl and third for general knowledge for her age group earning many overall club points. The members worked together on their drill team performance as “super girl heroes” placing third overall.
In riding events, member Phoebe Mason won the prestigious Jim Wallace Memorial award in English junior/senior equitation amongst over 24 other riders.
Emily Lang, took the junior Gymkhana championship with her horse Split Decision.
Vivie Babbott, showing MacGyver, placed in her events brought home blue ribbons in road hack and equitation over fences.
Greta Friesen won English championship for the advanced beginner division showing Dun Deal.
Olivia Osekoski showed Lights Out in her debut at the state show, winning first in the 4-H project class; the event highlights knowledge and suitability with your horse.
Samantha Blackmore, of Charlotte, placed high in her events and has been selected this year as an alternate for showing at the Eastern States 4H exhibition and was also chosen to be a Kentucky delegate for the communications team this fall.