The Silver Spurs 4-H Club held their annual Open Pleasure Show on Saturday with near perfect conditions at the 4-H Fairgrounds, awarding High Point and Reserve High Point buckles and ribbons in four divisions and trophies and ribbons in 33 classes.
This show had Halter, Showmanship, English, Western and Gaited classes. Points were accumulated from the placings of the classes. At the end of the show, the exhibitor with the most points received an engraved belt buckle by age division and Gaited division. The second place winner received an embroidered halter. Chad & Bekah Miller former owners of Double D Tack and Feed sponsored the engraving on the buckle. Many Silver Spurs 4-H members attended the show along with many other exhibitors from Central Illinois.
Yolanda Nation of the University Of Illinois Extension directed the show.
“The high point and reserve was decided by the narrowest of margins in most classes,” Nation said. “Winners weren’t decided until the final class of the day which was western horsemanship.
There were seven different buckle winners of the eight buckles presented. Hallie Horsman of Shelbyville on Secret won the Gaited High Point Buckle and tied with Rachel Higgs on Dream on Nita in the 13& Under Division. In the event of a tie, the exhibitor with the most 1st place wins was awarded the high point award. Higgs had three and Horsman two. Horsman on Lucky still earned the Reserve High Point Buckle.
Andrew Mathis won buckles in 2011 and 2012. He won again this year, taking home the 14-18 High Point Buckle on Zip This Goodbar. Corrin Hunt on Indeed an Asset earned the Reserve High Point Buckle.
Elizabeth Pettyjohn-Thrall won the 19 & Over High Point Buckle on Riley, winning three events and scoring 25 points, the highest of the show. John Nation, who won one event, took home the Reserve High Point Buckle on Gunner with 20 points.
Jennifer Miller on Twizzler won the Gaited Reserve High Point Buckle, finishing behind Horsman.
Area businesses and families helped sponsor the show. Silver Spurs wants to say Thank You to everyone that supported the shows. Without their generous donations, the shows wouldn’t be possible.
Shelbyville Sponsors: Brix Veterinary Service, Community Banks, Metal Syndicate, Reber Welding, Shelby Electric Coop
Pana Sponsors: Automotive Equipment Sales, Ishmael Insurance, Joe Coleman, Middle of Nowhere Cycles
Others: Angie Uphoff, Boehm Family, Don Higgins, First National Bank of Pana – Assumption Branch, McLeod Trucking, Rodney Hunter, Sandy Thomas, Windsor Foods, Workhorse Concrete – Jimmy Russell
Thank you to those who helped: Jim Hampton & John Nation – working up the arena, Michael Virden – announcing the show, Matt Lewis – ring steward, Jason Becker and Samantha – running the gate, Becky Ishmael, Haylee Ishmael and Tristan Boehm – running the concession stand, and Sandy Thomas – taking entries.
Thank you to the Silver Spurs members for bringing items for the concession stand.
A big thank you to all the exhibitors who came to the show and supported the Silver Spurs 4-H Club.
High Point and Reserve High Point Winners
13 & Under High Point – Rachel Higgs riding Dream on Nita with 19 points
13 & Under Reserve – Hallie Horsman riding Lucky with 19 points
*In the event of a tie, the exhibitor with the most 1st place wins was awarded the high point award.
14-18 High Point – Andrew Mathis riding Zip This Goodbar with 23 points
14-18 Reserve – Corrin Hunt riding Indeed an Asset with 21 points
19 & Over High Point – Elizabeth Pettyjohn riding Riley with 25 points
19& Over Reserve – John Nation riding Gunner with 20 points.
Gaited High Point – Hallie Horsman riding Secret with 23 points
Gaited Reserve – Jennifer Miller riding Twizzler with 17 points
*Andrew is a repeat buckle winner previously winning in 2011 and 2012.
High point sponsors for both the performance and speed shows were as follows:
13 & Under Buckle– Josh & Kaleena Weekly (Performance) - Dr. Lori Miser (Speed)
13 & Under Reserve – Melissa & Andrew Mathis (Performance), Randy & Theresa Boehm (Speed)
14-18 Buckle – Todd & Danielle Hunt Family (Performance), Bill & Candy Pettry (Speed)
14-18 Reserve – Brent & Carla Stirrett Family (Performance), Matt Lewis (Speed)
19 & Over Buckle – Becky Borah (Performance), Cheryl Pettyjohn (Speed)
19 & Over Reserve – Brenda Henson (Performance), Dave Merriman (Speed)
Gaited Buckle – Illinois Foxtrotter Association Gaited Reserve – McLeod Trucking
Gelding halter Andrew Mathis
Mare halter Sydney Uphoff
Pony halter John Walker
Leadline John Walker and Carisen Hunt
Stickhorse Carisen Hunt, John Walker and Aaron Moss
Walk-trot 10 & Under Camille Hunt
Junior Horse (5 & Under) Wendy Hall
Senior Horse (6 & Over) John Nation
Pony Pleasure Alexys Morgan
Gaited halter Marli McLeod
Gaited showmanship Hallie Horsman
Gaited English Pleasure Jennifer Miller
Gaited English Equitation Jennifer Miller
Gaited Pleasure Jennifer West
Gaited horsemanship Jennifer West
13 & Under Division:
Showmanship Rachel Higgs
English Pleasure Gabby Bertin
English Equitation Emma Bertin
Country Pleasure Rachel Higgs
Western Pleasure Hallie Horsman
Western Horsemanship Rachel Higgs
Showmanship Andrew Mathis
English Pleasure Jessica Winter
English Equitation Jessica Winter
Country Pleasure Corrin Hunt
Western Pleasure Andrew Mathis
Western Horsemanship Corrin Hunt
19 & Over Division:
Showmanship Sydney Uphoff
English Pleasure Elizabeth Pettyjohn
English Equitation Elizabeth Pettyjohn
Country Pleasure Sydney Uphoff
Western Pleasure Elizabeth Pettyjohn
Western Horsemanship Sydney Uphoff