— BRENTWOOD - The Rockingham County Horse Leaders Association celebrated the achievements of its participants at their annual banquet on January 14. Rockingham County runs three horse shows annually as part of a show circuit. These shows are open to 4-H members and non-members alike.
The evening’s awards began with the walk-trot division. The top overall high point went to Rosalie Toupin of Dracut, Mass., and her horse A Grand Slam Player. Toupin also took home the Overall Highest Quiz Trophy donated by S&S Glass Design.
In the Junior Division, Jackie Johnson of Brentwood and her horse Doc won the Friar Tuck Memorial Trophy for high point Junior Hunt, and the Selsah Memorial Trophy for High Point Junior for Fit and Show, Pleasure and Trail. In the Junior Western Division, Elizabeth Gaffney of Dracut, Mass. and her horse Talcums Few won the Copper Tonto Twist for High Point Western Junior, and the Split Decision Memorial Trophy for High Point Western Pleasure
In the Senior Hunt Seat Division, Hannah Proulx of Raymond and her horse Ima Jettin Passem won the Tali Tivora Trophy for Overall High Point Senior. Alexandra Ojemann of Sandown and her horse Sunny Delight won the King Crimson Memorial Trophy for High Point English Pleasure.
The Lo Rabbi Kazak Memorial Trophy for High Point Junior or Senior Western was won by Kelsey Escobar of Kingston, and her horse Pekoe.
Top Overall High Point Junior or Senior went to Hannah Proulx of Raymond and her horse Ima Jettin Passé. Reserve Overall High Point Junior or Senior went to Kelsey Escobar of Kingston and her horse Pekoe.
The award for Good Sportsmanship throughout the year was given to Maggie Kenter of Kingston. The Leaders Choice Award, honoring a non-riding member for leadership, cooperation, sportsmanship, and helpfulness throughout the year was given to Peppermint Ponies 4-H Club member Kiara Jutras of Raymond.
The Raymond Silver Saddles, with leader Diane Post of Raymond, was awarded The Bear Meadow Farm, Karen Morton Memorial Trophy for the 4-H club with outstanding representation and active membership throughout the year in 4-H activities.
4-H is the youth development program of the UNH Cooperative Extension and has the mission to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. The role of Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program is to help communities create positive youth experiences though community clubs, afterschool programs and special programs. For more information on 4-H clubs and programs in Rockingham County, call (603) 679-5616 or visit www.bit.ly/RockCty4H.