David Denniston to judge 2012 South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show
The South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show will be held July 24-26 on the State Fairgrounds in Huron, S.D. More than 600 4-H contestants from around the state will be competing in different equine events, according to Rebecca Bott, SDSU Extension Horse Specialist.
One of the judges for the South Dakota State Horse Show will be David Denniston, an associate professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and founder and owner of HorseShowPatterns.com.
“Having David Denniston as a judge again is in itself an incredible opportunity,” Bott said. “He is a well-spoken, diligent judge who values the educational components of a 4-H show.”
At this year’s event the South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show has partnered with HorseShowPatterns.com. HorseShowPatterns.com will be shooting an educational horse judging DVD during the event and the contestants will have the opportunity to be featured in this judging DVD.
“The fact that HorseshowPatterns.com is going to be producing an educational video at our show is very exciting,” Bott said. “This is a neat opportunity to commemorate our youth and their devotion to the 4-H project and Horse Show.”
The Youth Horse Ownership Responsibility Safety & Education Training programs have been designed to teach youth enrolled in the Horse Project key components of horse safety and care.
Youth HORSE Trainers have administered hands on training activities and interactive presentations previously. All 4-H youth enrolled in the Horse Project are required to complete the Youth HORSE Training annually and it must be completed by June 1 of each 4-H year.
In order to qualify for the State Horse Show, constants must have competed in a county qualifying show and have received a purple ribbon. The qualified contestants must sign up for the SD State 4-H Horse Show no later than July 13, through their local county office.
Contestants participate in numerous classes that range from showmanship, equitation, performance, pleasure-driving and timed events. They can also compete in Youth-In-Action events, such as quiz bowl, hippology, horse judging and public presentations.
“The purpose of the 4-H Horse Program is to help 4-H members acquire desired characteristic traits such as leadership, initiative, self-reliance, and sportsmanship,” said Rod Geppert, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Field Specialist. “While the 4-H members work with their horse, they develop the responsibility of caring for their equine by the experience of feeding, managing, and cost to care for the equine and gain pride afterwards.”
“Participants in the 4-H Horse Program, are able to realize that horseback riding can be a healthy and wholesome form of recreation. The youth will also gain skills in horsemanship, as well as patience and understanding while handling horses and ponies. Another opportunity that the 4-H Horse Program provides is that the members can acknowledge and practice safety precautions in order to prevent injuries to themselves, others, and the horses,” Geppert said. “The youth can then acquire a greater love for animals, ensuring continued humane attitudes toward them, preparing themselves for citizenship responsibilities by working together in groups and supporting community horse projects and activities.”