In picture, L to R: Donna Patterson (coach), Annabelle Hays, Lara Hays, Hannah Cain, Mikayla South

A group of Rogers County 4-H’ers earned the championship in the team horse judging contest at the prestigious All American Quarter Horse Congress Show October 17 in Columbus, OH.

Lara Hays, Hannah Cain, Mikayla South, and Annabelle Hays combined claimed the top honors in a 25-team field. The team won first place in Halter, Performance, Reasons, and Overall, making it a clean sweep in the team category.

Individually, Mikayla South captured first in Halter and Reasons. Lara Hays placed fourth in Halter, third in Performance, sixth in Reasons, and second Overall. Annabelle Hays captured tenth in Reasons. There were 100 individual youth competitors.

“It’s exciting to do well at this contest,” said Donna Patterson, Rogers County extension educator and coach of the team. “Everyone knows about this contest and the standard of excellence it takes to do well at this level.  When you bring home the Congress Championship it’s a big deal. By far one of the toughest youth judging contests in the nation.”

The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the largest single breed show in the world.  It attracts competitors from nearly every state as well as several Canadian provinces and other countries around the world. In addition, the largest collegiate and youth judging contest is held at the Congress with youth teams coming from 16 different states this year.

“These girls have worked hard for the accomplishment,” said Patterson. “I am very proud of their success and dedication to the 4-H program.”