Delaware County Fair Junior Fair Equestrian champions
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
It’s noted in The Sunbury News each year following the Delaware County fair, but it cannot be said often enough, 4-H and FFA County Fair Equestrian projects can be expensive and are often thankless pursuits. Exhibitors spend years growing into their sport, honing skills and training animals. But once they arrive at the fair, there’s no huge crowd cheering them on, just family and friends. Exhibitors don’t go home with thousands of dollars in their pockets from selling project animals at Market Sale; and the day after the fair is over, they still have horses to feed and groom and train and clean up after.
All of that said, most equestrian exhibitors would tell you that their game is a labor of love and all the time and energy and money invested in equestrian project animals is a small price to pay for the mostly intangible rewards they receive in return.
Most equestrian exhibitors would also acknowledge that each year during the Delaware County Fair, Eastern Delaware County 4-H clubs take home more than their fair share of ribbons and plaques. Their parents understand that there is not some magic ingredient in the 965 phone prefix atmosphere; the secret of Big Walnut area equestrian exhibitor’s success is good old-fashioned dedication to their craft and hard work by both exhibitors and club advisors.
This year was a typical year at the Delaware County Fair for 4-H and FFA members at the fairground’s Main 4-H Equestrian Show Ring. The weather was near perfect, there were the usual family members, friends and a few casual spectators stopping on their way to and from the parking lots, but the business inside the show ring was serious.
With horse projects, unlike other fair animals that are judged for fitness for market, equestrian judges rate how Junior Fair Horse Show exhibitors present animals during English and Western horse and pony events.
Notable 2012 First Place finishes were captured by JJ’s E-Z Riders 4-H Club members Claire Chatterton, Sara Dantuono, Emily Chucta, Allison Kiger, Megan Kirsop, Alex Armbruster, Austin Iatonna, Allie Abbott and Ashley Henry.
Members of Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club who captured First Place plaques were Aimee Dill, Shaye Steele, Nici Bregel, Ashley Mathis, Jocelyn Cardi, Rachel Russell, Olivia Preston, Maura Flanagan, Maggie Lacy, Kody Knapp and Albert Wiggers.
Additional First Place Plaques:
• Shadow Riders 4-H Club First – Cookie Dew.
• Cowboy Convoy 4-H Club Firsts – Sam Smallets, Andrea Dunlap, and Scott Martin.
• Just Lopin’ Around 4-H Club Firsts – Mikayla Gladman and Brittany Harter.
• Wild Riders 4-H Club Firsts – Morgan Kiehl and Makenzie Fletcher.
• TNT Horse and Rider 4-H Club Firsts – Samantha Holobaugh and Kenzy Oiler.
• Delaware Trailblazers 4-H Club First – Alexis Poulton.
• Barrels, Rails & Such 4-H Club Firsts – Lenora Boyer, Maggie Cain and Kashia Blackburn.
• Bit Of Country 4-H Club First – Jordan Burge.