4-H Walking Horse Judging Contest

Putnam County 4-H’ers Compete at 39th Annual Walking Horse Judging Contest

By: Melissa Henry, 4-H Agent


Knowing if the rider is on pattern or if a horse broke gait, these are just a couple of the skills learned through 4-H Horse Judging. Youth learn about selecting horses based on their balance, muscling and structural correctness. They also learn about different breed characteristics and selection of horses in performance classes. Recently 4-H members had a chance to participate in the horse judging competition held during the 39th Annual National Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville.  In the Junior division, Tehya Howell, Mallory Johnson, Bailey Steger, and Emily Armstrong placed 2nd in team halter, 6th in team performance, and was the 4th place team overall. Bailey was 4th individual in halter and Emily was 5th individual in halter and 6th individual overall. In the senior division, Hannah Steger competed as an individual. She was 4th in performance, 8th in reasons, and 11th overall. The team was coached by Thom Steger.

Putnam County 4-H is known statewide for a successful program and animal science events are an important part of the total program. If you would like more information about the 4-H program please call the 4-H office at 526-4561. 4-H is a proud part of the UT Extension and the UT Institute of Agriculture. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment through the cooperation of county, state and federal governments.


Photo Captions

Junior      The junior team was all smiles after a great day judging horses. (L to R) Tehya Howell, Mallory Johnson, Emily Armstrong, Bailey Steger


Senior       Hannah Steger received several awards during the walking horse judging contest.