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Osakis 4-H members impress at state horse show

Paige Gabrielson and her horse, Bella, compete at the State 4-H Horse Show. (Contributed photo.)1 / 2
Paige Gabrielson received a plaque in the Demonstration category at the State 4-H Horse Show. (Contributed photo.)2 / 2

Osakis students had an impressive outing at the 2015 State 4-H Horse Show.

Following their success at the Douglas County Fair, the students competed at the state level on September 18-21 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Participating this year was Paige Gabrielson, a 2015 Osakis graduate. Paige showed her 3-year-old gelding, Scottie, that she raised from a baby.

The Training Project is a class that the youth start by teaching the horse to lead, lunge, line drive and ride. All work is done by the 4-H’er.

Gabrielson and Scottie participated in Level 4 Training and brought back a first place trophy.

Gabrielson also tested in the Level 6 Achievement with her horse, Sassy. This is a class anyone can compete in following the recommendation of the county judge.

This test is made up of various questions and challenging maneuvers that very few 4-H Horse Project members ever complete and pass. It’s a pass or fail class, and they passed.

Gabrielson also competed with her horse, Bella, in these events: Showmanship, third; Western Pleasure, Grand Entry, Western Horsemanship, first; Trail, third place; and English Pleasure, third place.

She also placed first in Speech and Demonstration, earning a national trip to the Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky on November 7-8.

Madison Floden, a 10th grader at Osakis, earned a pleasure trip on her horse, Rhinestone, in Showmanship; Western Pleasure, third; Western Horsemanship, first; Trail, English Pleasure, ninth; and English Equitation, and Speech and Demonstration.

Madisen Johanson, an Osakis eighth grader, earned a trip down to state with her horse, Levi. She competed in Poles, Barrels, Jumping Figure-8, Key Race, Showmanship, and Western Pleasure.

Douglas County also received an honorable mention in Herdsmanship during the state show.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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