Local 4-H program hosts 11th annual horse show
Matteya Raffelson competes in 4-H junior showmanship with Bandelero Bey during the 4-H/FFA Horse Show at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Saturday, June 1. Photo by Maddie Musante
The winning teams in horse judging and hippology pose together with their awards at the 4-H educational expo Sunday, June 2. Photo submitted
June 7 — Young riders from all over California and Nevada and their horses traveled to the Lassen County Fairgrounds Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 for a horse show and educational expo put on by local 4-H and FFA programs.
Sandy Raffelson, local representative of Bald Mountain 4-H and the Lassen County horse project, put together the show with the help of Shauna Bond, who organized Sunday’s educational expo. The show was a qualifier for the California State Fair and California 4-H Classic. According to Raffelson, many past Lassen County winners have gone on to compete at the state fair and win in their age group and other events.
On Saturday, participants competed in showmanship, riding classes and gymkhana. The top three participants in each class received ribbons and many more awards were given out.
While the horse show is in its 11th year, last year was the first time the educational expo on Sunday was added, and it has been considered a huge success. The expo consists of horse judging, horse hippology, educational boards and I.D. tables.
The Lassen County Hoof Beats’ junior and senior teams, which include 4-H members from all over the county, won first place in both judging and hippology. The Hi Sierra Riders’ junior and senior teams, from Washoe County, took second place in judging and hippology.
High point awards were given out for the horse show and gymkhana and included halter classes, showmanship, English, Western, trail and six speed events.
Matteya Raffelson was the high point buckle winner in junior 4-H. Dyllan Bond was the reserve high point winner.
In senior 4-H, Trini Suarez was the high point buckle winner and Allison Welling was the reserve high point winner.
Kerston Fletcher was the high point buckle winner for FFA, while Clareissa Barr was the reserve high point winner.
Raffelson described it as a wonderful day. “This show and educational day could not be possible without all my Susanville and Reno sponsors, parents, friends and family volunteers. It’s all about the kids, nothing more, nothing less,” she said.