Representing Florida in the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Ga., Aug. 1 to 5, are, from left, Amanda Benedict, 18, of Clearwater; Lauren Tribiano, 16, of Seminole; Olivia Sipos, 16, of Redington Shores and Sara Poppelton, 15, of Largo.
Four teenagers from Pinellas County competed and placed in the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships in Perry, Ga., Aug. 1 to 5.
Olivia Sipos, 16, of Redington Shores; Amanda Benedict, 18, of Clearwater; Lauren Tribiano, 16, of Seminole and Sara Poppelton, 15, of Largo attended regional championships for the first time this year. The girls competed against more than 135 participants from 12 Florida counties at the local level in April. They then moved on to compete against about 300 equestrians at state level competition, held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa this July. Pinellas County had 14 riders at the state competition. From there, the top 50 overall riders qualified to represent Florida against 10 other states at the Southern Regional competition, including Sipos, Benedict, Tribiano and Poppelton.
Sipos, and her horse It’s Hot on the Range, or Opie, placed in the top 10 in three of her four classes, receiving seventh in trail, fourth in western pleasure and tenth in horsemanship.
Tribiano and her horse Dirty Little Secret placed second in showmanship, ninth in halter, ninth in equitation over fences and made the semifinals in hunter under saddle.
Poppleton and her horse Master received a third in hunter over fences, an honorable mention in hunter-type geldings and made the semifinals in hunter under saddle
“Getting to know the riders from the other counties throughout the state of Florida made the experience memorable,” Sipos said. “These are the riders we compete against throughout the year and now we all share the same goal, representing 4-H and the state of Florida together.”
For more information on 4-H and the many club opportunities in Pinellas County please contact the Pinellas County Extension office at 727-582-2597 or go to www.pcfoundation.org.