Osakis 4-H members impress at state horse show
Osakis students had an impressive outing at the 2015 State 4-H Horse Show.
Following their success at the Douglas County Fair, the students competed at the state level on September 18-21 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Participating this year was Paige Gabrielson, a 2015 Osakis graduate. Paige showed her 3-year-old gelding, Scottie, that she raised from a baby.
The Training Project is a class that the youth start by teaching the horse to lead, lunge, line drive and ride. All work is done by the 4-H’er.
Gabrielson and Scottie participated in Level 4 Training and brought back a first place trophy.
Gabrielson also tested in the Level 6 Achievement with her horse, Sassy. This is a class anyone can compete in following the recommendation of the county judge.
This test is made up of various questions and challenging maneuvers that very few 4-H Horse Project members ever complete and pass. It’s a pass or fail class, and they passed.
Gabrielson also competed with her horse, Bella, in these events: Showmanship, third; Western Pleasure, Grand Entry, Western Horsemanship, first; Trail, third place; and English Pleasure, third place.
She also placed first in Speech and Demonstration, earning a national trip to the Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on November 7-8.
Madison Floden, a 10th grader at Osakis, earned a pleasure trip on her horse, Rhinestone, in Showmanship; Western Pleasure, third; Western Horsemanship, first; Trail, English Pleasure, ninth; and English Equitation, and Speech and Demonstration.
Madisen Johanson, an Osakis eighth grader, earned a trip down to state with her horse, Levi. She competed in Poles, Barrels, Jumping Figure-8, Key Race, Showmanship, and Western Pleasure.
Douglas County also received an honorable mention in Herdsmanship during the state show.