by Autumn Jones, marketing director
Senior Michaila DeVore will be making the long journey with her two horses, Winsome The VZ Way and Buster to compete in three classes at the state 4-H horse show. The state show takes place at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on the weekend of October 27-29. 4-H members from all around the state qualified through their county round-up and their district show over the summer to make it to this caliber of show.
DeVore competes on her seven year old gelding, Winsome The VZ Way a.k.a. Vinnie in Hunt Seat and English Pleasure. She will be showing at states in Hunter Under Saddle, a class where the horse is judged on how long and low their strides are as well as how well trained they are, and Showmanship, a class where the horse and rider are judged on how well they complete a specific pattern from the ground.
She will also be competing in Mini-In-Hand Trail with her miniature horse, Buster. Mini-In-Hand Trail is a class which is judged based on an obstacle course. The course must be completed by the horse only, as the handler stands outside of each obstacle.
DeVore said, “I am excited about states because I got a new trainer and I’ve learned a lot more.” She also believes she has a better chance of placing in the top five as she has come close in the past, bringing home one sixth and two eighths.