Four members of the Cleveland County Trailblazers 4-H horse club represented the county at the Tulsa State Fair. Each equestrienne won several ribbon placings, and three riders won state championships. This was each rider's first experience at the Oklahoma State 4-H Horse Show where they earned four championships, three reserve championships, and 15 top-ten ribbon placings.
Senior division rider Marly McElwee, of Lexington, won two state championships and two reserve championships with her mare, Chocadelic, showing in aged Halter Mares, Showmanship, Western Pleasure and Trail classes. She also won third place in Western Horsemanship and fourth place in both Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation.
Intermediate age division rider Charlotte Spires, of Little Axe, rode Zippen Jack Flash to fifth place in Hunt Seat Equitation, seventh place in Hunter Under Saddle, and eighth place in Western Pleasure. She also won eighth place in young Halter Mares with her yearling, Charlee.
Junior age division rider Natalie Boone, of Norman, riding Sprinkles on Top, won state championships in both Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Hack. She also won third place in Western Pleasure, fifth place in Hunter Under Saddle, and ninth place in Showmanship.
Junior age division rider Hailey-Jo Carpenter, of Lexington, competed in the timed events. She rode Just a Common Bronc and won reserve champion in the Stakes Race with a time of 12.728 seconds. She also won third in Pole-Bending and fourth in Barrel Racing. She finished her competitions by placing seventh in aged Halter Geldings, ninth in Western Horsemanship, and 10th in Showmanship.
The Trailblazer 4-H Horse Club is led by David and Carrie James, of Lexington.
Also competing on behalf of Cleveland County 4-H in the junior division was Joshua DeLozier, of Lexington 4-H. Joshua placed second in Boxing, fourth in Ranch Roping, and seventh in Ranch Trail.
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