Members of the Tonto Basin 4-H High Flyin’ Hooves 4-H Club attended the National Livestock 4-H/FFA Horse Show held Jan. 7 at West World in Scottsdale. They represented Gila County quite well.
With 17 participants in the showing events, we are very proud of their accomplishments, said a club spokesperson. The kids practice many hours in the heat of the summer to the winter cold. The girls showing were Autumn Cline, Kenslie Rose, Racheal Simmons, Makiah Taylor and Katlyn Wiltbanks, all of Tonto Basin.
The girls showed in all classes from showmanship at Halter, Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Equitation, Western Riding and Reining. They also competed in the timed events of Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying. Learning a lot and gaining experience, they all had fun and came home with ribbons.
Results are as follows: Autumn Cline placed 6th in Reining, 2nd in Barrel Racing, 1st in Pole Bending, and 1st in Goat Tying, winning the timed event Autumn also won her first All Around Belt Buckle. Kenslie Rose placed 10th in Western Equitation, 10th in Western Pleasure, 10th in Trail, 7th in Western Riding, 10th in Reining, 1st in Barrel Racing, 2nd in Pole Bending, and 2nd in Goat Tying. Racheal Simmons placed 8th in Barrel Racing, 7th in Pole Bending and 3rd in Goat Tying. Makiah Taylor placed 8th in Western Pleasure, 8th in Trail, 10th in Western Riding, 7th in Reining, and 4th in Barrel Racing. Katlyn Wiltbanks placed 6th in Western Pleasure, 6th in Barrel Racing, 6th in Pole Bending and 4th in Goat Tying.
Congratulations to the girls and to their parents for all their hard work and dedication. Without the strong support of parents, the kids could not be successful.