4-H Rider Takes Top Honors
Burke County 4-H’er, Carly Lamb earned several awards during the 2011 North Carolina State 4-H Championship Horse Show held in Raleigh from July 6-July 10.
In order to compete at the NC State 4-H Horse Show, riders must first qualify in their divisions at their respective NC 4-H District Horse Shows. Carly and her American Quarter Horse gelding, Mr Gun Peppy Pine “Gunner”, qualified in May at the West Central District 4-H Horse Show.
Competing in the Senior Western Division at the 4-H NC State Horse Show, Carly and “Gunner” showed in 11 events, taking home 8 Championship Medals in classes such as Horsemanship, Trail, Western Riding, and Reining.
Carly and “Gunner” won the NC State Reining Championship Trophy, Senior High Point Champion Belt Buckle, and Senior Versatility Championship honors to bring back to Burke County. This was a big accomplishment for Carly as no other rider had ever won all three top awards at one state show.
The duo was also selected to compete at the 4-H Southern Regionals Horse Show in Tunica, Mississippi from July 26-July 31. 4-H’ers from the 13 state region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, competed at the Tunica Arena and Exposition Center. Carly and “Gunner” placed 5th of 43 riders in Western Riding and 3rd of 45 riders in Reining at this show.
Overall, Carly said she is ‘very happy with the way Gunner and I finished up my 4-H showing career. I’ve been to 7 NC State 4-H Shows and the 4-H Southern Regional Show in Clemson, SC last year, but never have we done so well.’ Carly attributes her success to the many hours she has put into training her horse, setting goals, and not giving up.
For more information about the 4-H Horse Program, please contact the Burke County Cooperative Extension Office at (828) 439-4460.