Lee County drill team compete at state show
Lee County Texas Stars 4-H Horse Club members competed at the 51st annual Texas State Horse Show July 20-27 in Abilene. They competed in numerous events throughout the week, performing and competing well at this high level competition. Members of the Lee County Texas Stars 4-H drill team earned a third place medal in the Theme Drill Competition where riders perform a unique drill and have a theme, with costumes and music to match. This year the team’s theme was “Dancing with the Stars” and was based around ball room dancing.
The teams are judged on their execution of the drill, the difficulty of the drill, horsemanship, appearance and music. The drill team also competed in the Precision Drill Competition, where teams ride the same pattern and are judged on their horsemanship, execution of the pattern, and appearance. The Lee County Texas Stars 4-H earned Reserve Champion in Precision Drill. The team is coached by April Vecera. The drill team contains riders from both Lee and Bastrop counties.
Individual riders also competed successfully during the week. In team penning Justin Ender, Amber Smith and Colton Robertson advanced it to the finals. Amber Schulze took first place in Hunter Hack, along with fourth place in both Working Hunter and Equitation Over Fences and sixth place in Open Jumping. Morgan Howell took eighth place in Hunter Hack. In the speed events, Jodie Taylor took sixth place in Pole Bending against over a hundred riders.
Other riders competing in the speed events included Jacy Taylor, Madison Pilkinton, Shannon Pilkinton and Kadence Looper. Team penning teams that also competed included the team of Shylee Turner, Amber Schulze and Ariston Turner and the team of Morgan Howell, Patrick Hawkins and Madison Pilkinton.
For more information about the club’s activities, please visit www.LeeCountyTexasStars.org.