Pictured are Berkley Steffen, Avery Fier and Ana Engen of Pope County at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  The three participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show in September along with 547 others from across the state, and all three took home awards.  


Three 4-H youth from Pope County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 17-20, 2021. This year, 547 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair.  4-Hers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology (showing knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry), horse judging (study of an animal, measuring it against an accepted ideal), horse training and achievement, speech and demonstrations about interest in horses or the horse industry, showmanship and drill team skills. 

Youth who participate in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Project learn about show, trail, and endurance riding; test their horse knowledge at quiz bowls or on judging teams and study horse science. Youth may participate if they own or lease a horse. There are even options for youth who are interested in horses, but don’t have access to one in their community.

“Through the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show, youth build communications skills, gain deeper learning and interest in horses and build relationships with caring adults,” said Renee Kostick, Extension Educator who manages the 4-H horse project in Minnesota. “These experiences contribute to their success in school, community and futures.”

The following youth were members of the Pope County delegation:

Ana Engen grade 6- Placed 6th in Key Race, placed 8th Jumping figure 8 and also participated in Barrels & Poles. Ana was also our Grand Entry Rider.

Avery Fier grade 9- Participated in Western Showmanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Pleasure, Poles, Jumping Figure 8 & Key Race.

Berkley Steffen grade 11- Placed 4th in Trail, 5th in Western Pleasure, 6th in Western Horsemanship, 6th in Western Showmanship, 10th in Hunt Seat Equitation, she also participated in Hunt Seat Pleasure.

To learn more about 4-H in Pope County, visit https://extension.umn.edu/local/pope.