Desoto County 4-H'ers Aim For The Top
by Sandy Slocum
The Desoto County (Mississippi) 4-H Horse Program has grown by leaps and bounds this year, and nowhere was that growth more evident than at the District, State and Regional 4-H Horse shows held this summer. Desoto County 4-H'ers walked away with the High Point trophy at the Northwest District 4-H Show in Greenwood, and came close to doing the same thing at the State 4-H Show in Jackson. Twenty-four 4-H members exhibited thirty-five horses at the District Show. All except two horses qualified to continue on to the State Show, with five of those horses then qualifying to represent Mississippi at the Southern Regional Championship Show held in August at the Shelby Showplace Arena.
Not only did Desoto County have the largest number of 4-H'ers and horses competing at the District Show, they also had the highest quality. Jenna Ramage of Hernando was named High Point Junior Exhibitor, while Mamie Tomlin, also from Hernando, won the award for High Point Junior Horse. Nicole Johnston, from Horn Lake, won both the High Point Senior Exhibitor and High Point Senior Horse. The county went on to be named fourth high point county at the State Show, with Megan Dorris and Mamie Tomlin placing in the top five in both High Point Junior Exhibitor and High Point Junior Horse in state competition.
In addition to winning High Point County at the District Show, Desoto County 4-H'ers also won every division of the non-riding contests entered. Desoto County fielded two junior Horse Judging teams plus two individuals.
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