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4-H'er Pate wins high-point trophy at dressage show

May 30, 2006

Carlin Pate, a 4-H rider with Saddles 'n' Spurs 4-H Club, was awarded the high-point trophy for her ride aboard Princess Tonka Tu, leased from C and M Farm of Sharpsburg, and Kelsey Rosen was awarded the reserve trophy for her ride on her horse, Caught Red Handed.

Competitors at the Western Maryland 4-H Dressage Show at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center a week ago were judged on each element of a pattern they had to memorize and execute.

Each element of the ride was judged on things such as balance and smoothness of turns, quality of gaits, straightness of lines, the horse's attention and responsiveness to its rider, and the rider's position, seat and ability to control the horse.

"While a winning ride may look effortless to spectators, it is the result of lots of hard work," said LeAnn Johnson, leader of the Saddles 'n' Spurs 4-H club.

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Judge Den Burdette told the young competitors he'd "really like to see more emphasis on dressage in this area. Dressage is the foundation of all disciplines from the show ring to barrel racing."

The show was for riders of all experience levels: beginner, advanced, Western and English.

"There are classes at every level to encourage all riders to progress in their horsemanship skills," Johnson said.

Other top riders included Lilli Sutton, Leah Mitchell, Jamie Lee Delawder, Laikyn Cook and Pattie Puglisi.

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