The 59th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held October 26-28 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 74 performance classes throughout the weekend.

The State 4-H Horse Show is the final competition of the year for 4-H horse members enrolled in performance horse projects. To be eligible for the show, members must advance through qualifying competitions at county and district levels. The show’s events included: showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, over fences, driving, western riding, reining, trail and timed events. A therapeutic riding division for riders with special needs was also included.

There are over 4,500 4-H horse projects involving youth throughout Pennsylvania. Programs are designed to develop life skills in youth and knowledge of horse production, use and management.

Nine Valley Equestrian 4-H Club Members from Lackawanna County participated and placed in the following classes:


Maggie Carper, Clarks Summit: 5th in Hunt Seat Equitation On the Flat and 8th in Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle


Rylie Heusner, Scranton: Champion Classic Hunter Under Saddle


Kara Judge, Scranton: 7th in Breed Type Hunter Under Saddle


Zoe Keller, Tunkhannock: 3rd in Low Working Hunter Ponies


Molly Landsiedel, Dalton: 4th in Western Grooming and Showmanship, 4th in Western Horsemanship, and Reserve Champion 14-18 Open Trail Horses


Shayla VanVleck, Clifford Township: Reserve Champion Ranch Horse Pleasure


Corinne Jacoby, Clarks Summit


Alyssa Angelicola, Clarks Summit


Carissa Morgan, Moscow