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2012 State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride - Results and press release

Posted: September 26, 2012

The 2012 PA 4-H State Competitive Trail Ride, known as "The Keystone Ride", was held on September 14-15, 2012 in Rothrock State Forest.
High Point Award Winners - 2012 State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride Left to right: Ethan Clark, Bedford County, High Point Junior 4-H Rider; Jennifer Zajaczkowski, Centre County, High Point Adult Rider; Emily Stemmler Schuylkill County, High Point Senior 4-H

High Point Award Winners - 2012 State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride Left to right: Ethan Clark, Bedford County, High Point Junior 4-H Rider; Jennifer Zajaczkowski, Centre County, High Point Adult Rider; Emily Stemmler Schuylkill County, High Point Senior 4-H

Press Release – September 25, 2012
For immediate release


Competitors Meet the Challenge of the State 4-H Competitive Trail Ride

The 2012 PA 4-H State Competitive Trail Ride, known as "The Keystone Ride", was held on September 14-15, 2012 in Rothrock State Forest. 4-H members, leaders, family and friends arrived with their horses on Friday, September 14th, went through pre-ride inspections and prepared to participate in the competitive trail ride on Saturday the 15th. The 2012 Keystone Ride had participants from Bedford, Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson, Lancaster, Mifflin, Schuylkill, and Susquehanna counties.

Competitive trail riding takes place on well-marked trails at a timed pace. Judges observe the ride, inspecting the horses before and after the competition. The ride is not a race against time, although competitors must complete the ride within a specified time range to avoid a penalty. Scoring is based primarily on the overall condition of the horse, with points subtracted for any changes in the horse’s condition.

The ride offers high point awards in three divisions. This year's winners were: High Point 4-H Junior Rider – Ethan Clark, Bedford County; High Point 4-H Senior Rider – Emily Stemmler, Schuylkill County; High Point Adult Rider – Jennifer Zajaczkowski, Centre County. This year, a new award was given to the first-year youth competitor with the highest score. The 2012 High Point Rookie Award went to Emily Stemmler, Schuylkill County.

Division Winners:

Division A – Junior 4-H Members Riding Ponies: First – Ethan Clark, Bedford; Second – Kristen Ewing, Bedford; Third – Isabelle Fisher, Bedford; Fourth – Stacy Suder, Bedford; Fifth – Lanna Foor, Bedford; Sixth – Olivia Brennan, Bedford.

Division B – Senior 4-H Members Riding Ponies: First –Mikayla Ishman, Jefferson; Second –Ayrian Talbert, Bedford; Third – Alyssa Keefer, Lancaster; Fourth – Alex Russell, Clearfield.

Division C – Junior 4-H Members Riding Horses: First – Brittany Ewing – Bedford; Second – Kelly Oliver, Susquehanna; Third – Cassandra Folmar, Clearfield; Fourth – Abby Zajaczkowski, Centre.

Division D – Senior 4-H Members Riding Horses: First – Emily Stemmler, Schuylkill; Second—Chelsea Folmar, Clearfield; Third – Katie Russell, Clearfield.

Division E - Adult/4-H Leader Light Weight: First – Jessyca Hughes, Mifflin; Second – Gillian Clark, Bedford; Third – Natasha Brubaker, Bedford.

Division F - Adult/4-H Leader Heavy Weight: First – Jennifer Zajaczkowski, Centre; Second – Connie Oliver, Susquehanna; Third – Brenda Coe, Centre; Fourth – Kim Ewing, Bedford; Fifth – Lauren Carpenter, Bedford; Sixth – Cindie Reitz, Jefferson.

The ride also offers horsemanship awards for each youth division. The horsemanship division is judged on overall care and handling of the horse or pony before, during and after the ride. This year’s winners in the Junior Division: First – Cassandra Folmar, Clearfield; Second – Lanna Foor, Bedford; Third – Isabelle Fisher, Bedford. Winners in the Senior Division: First – Alyssa Keefer, Lancaster: Second – Emily Stemmler, Schuylkill; Third – Chelsea Folmar, Clearfield.

A new Sportsmanship Award was offered for the first time in 2012. This year’s Sportsmanship Award winner was unable to complete the entire ride, but she provided excellent care to her horse throughout and was courteous, polite, and friendly to ride organizers and her fellow competitors. The Sportsmanship Award for 2012 was presented to Cora Farley, Lancaster.

This ride is an annual event coordinated by members of the Penn State Extension Youth Equine Team, faculty and staff. Dr. Scott McAllister, Centre Equine Practice, served as the veterinary judge. Millie Turner served as the lay judge and Donna Zang served as the horsemanship judge. Kathy Fye of Centre County served as official timer for the event. Additional help for the ride is provided by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, local competitive trail riders, Twin Creeks Ambulance Service, members of the Nittany Amateur Radio Club, Penn State Animal Science students, Penn State Equine Research Team members, and many local volunteers.

The Competitive Trail Ride project is open to all 4-H horse members in Pennsylvania. For more information