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Clay County Youth compete in district horse show


Competing in the District 4-H Horse Show were (standing) Kalico Burkes, Ethan Franke, Kelsie Whalen, Kelli Forester, (horseback) Katie Jo Blanscet, Cassie Pickett, Skee Burkes, Tanner Hampton, Mikayla Graham, Josey Cleveland, (not pictured) Taylor Watson, Kasey Taylor, Marley Tate, Maddie Bitner and Tori Bitner.

The 2012 Rolling Plains District 3 4-H Horse Show was held at the Wilbarger County Events Center in Vernon June 20-23.  Approximately 150 youth represented the 24 counties in the Rolling Plains district.  Fourteen 4-H members from Clay County competed in the four day show. 

In cutting, Marley Tate placed third, Josey Cleveland placed fifth and Mikayla Graham placed sixth. 

In working cow horse, Cassie Pickett placed fourth, Skee Burkes placed seventh and Josey Cleveland placed 10th.

In reining, Skee Burkes was first, Kalico Burkes was third, Josey Cleveland was sixth and Mikayla Graham was 10th. 

Josey was sixth, Mikayla was seventh and Skee was 10th in the stock horse trail class. 

In Speed Events, Katie Jo Blanscet was first in poles, sixth in barrels and eighth in stakes. Marley Tate placed 10th in barrels. 

In team penning, Mikayla Graham, Skee Burkes and Josey Cleveland placed third.  The team of Cassie Pickett, Katie Jo Blanscet and Gage Williamson of Baylor County placed sixth and the team of Marley Tate, Kasey Taylor and Tanner Hampton was seventh.    Josey Cleveland placed second in 3-year-old futurity and Kalico Burkes had reserve champion gelding.  Skee Burkes placed ninth in western pleasure and second in western riding. 

Other Clay County 4-Hers competing were Kelli Forester, Kelsie Whalen, Taylor Watson, Tori Bitner and Maddie Bitner. 

“Congratulations to these Clay County 4-H members,” said Extension Agent Missy Hodgin. “They had a great week!” 

The State 4-H Horse Show will be held in Abilene the week of July 22-28.


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