New Hanover County 4-H members win honors in first virtual 4-H State Horse Show and Horse Program Contests

Posted September 15, 2020 at 12:34 pm     Category: Arboretum & NCSU Extension Service
Rebekah Smith photo

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Three New Hanover County youth received awards at the annual 4-H State Horse Show on July 20. Held virtually, the event welcomed entries from all over North Carolina in categories from Showmanship and Trail, to Artistic Expression and Creative Writing.

“Each year, 4-H members across North Carolina spend hours preparing for the Horse Program Contests, so it was wonderful that organizers ‘galloped’ to action and created a way people could still participate virtually,” said New Hanover County Cooperative Extension 4-H Extension Agent J. Scott Enroughty. “Congratulations to our own New Hanover County 4-H members who participated. They all did a great job and Rebekah Smith, Annabel Stokes and Lainey Risely won honors at this first time virtual event!”

There are approximately 1,100 4-H horse projects involving youth throughout North Carolina. These programs are designed to develop life shills in youth and knowledge of horse production, use, and management. The horse program promotes the development of horsemanship skills, responsibilities, self-confidence, and sportsmanship.

Rebekah Smith and her horse, MM Hermione Granger, competed and placed second in the Rookie Walk/Trot Hunter Seat Equitation class. After being assigned a guideline of patters and gates to follow, Rebekah was told to record her performance in one take to submit.

Participating in Artistic Expression categories were Annabel Stokes and Lainey Risley, under the leadership of New Hanover County 4-H Horse Club leader Jill Wilson. Annabel won first place and Lainey won fifth place in the Junior Division Painting category, and Lainey won second place in the Junior Division Photography category.

To learn more about 4-H and the 4-H Horse Program in New Hanover County, contact the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension office, visit or contact 4-H agent J. Scott Enroughty at 910-798-7660 or

All photos are contributed.

Rebekah Smith, member of NHC 4-H Horse Club placed 2nd place in the Rookie Walk/Trot Hunter Seat Equitation during the NC 4-H Horse Show. This was the first time the contest was held virtually due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Annabel Smith photo

Annabel Smith, member of NHC 4-H Horse Club placed 1st Junior Division – Painting during the recent NC 4-H Horse program.

Lainey Risley photo

Lainey Risley, member of NHC 4-H Horse Club placed 5th Junior Division – Painting and placed 2nd Junior Division – Photography during the recent NC 4-H Horse program.


About 4-H

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide

NC State Extension is the local and statewide outreach provider of North Carolina’s preeminent research enterprise NC State University. NC State Extension translates research-based knowledge in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, food and nutrition, and 4-H youth development into everyday solutions that create economic, intellectual and societal prosperity for North Carolina.


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