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Three first year seniors competed from Kitty Lauman's team, and performed very well

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY BRIANNA SUTHERLIN AND KITTY LAUMAN - Pictured from left are Josie Lauman and Tristan Sutherlin with their winning ribbons, at the Oregon State 4-H Ranch Horse State Invitational the first week of October.

The Oregon State 4-H Ranch Horse State Invitational was recently held in Redmond on Oct. 1 and 2 and Crook County was well represented.

Two first year seniors won medallions and one competitor was a Senior High Point Champion for the Ranch Horse.

"It was very well done, the kids did awesome, and we had a blast," commented 4-H leader, Kitty Lauman.

Tavia Quinn, first-year senior, qualified for Ranch Horse State Fair, riding a mustang that she trained mostly by herself.

"They did very well, winning several blues and reds in the different events during the competition. The cow working judge even commented on how nice of a job she had done with him and that you could tell he knew his job," added Lauman.

Tristan Sutherland, intermediate, qualified with several blues and reds at the local level, then won the Ranch Horse Trail Medallion medal (first place intermediate) Ranch Horse Roping Medallion ribbon (second place intermediate), along with blues in cow working and showmanship. Sutherlin's county fair results that qualified him for Ranch Horse State Invitational were Ranch Horse Trail blue; Ranch Horse Knowledge/Skills blue; Ranch Horse Roping champion; Ranch Horse Showmanship champion; Working Ranch Horse red; and Cow Working red.

Josie Lauman, first-year senior, 16 years old, was the Grand Champion Ranch Horse competitor at the local level. At state, she won the Medallion (first place sr.) in Ranch Horse Trail then won the Senior High Point Champion for the Ranch Horse. She rode a 7- year-old gelding that she has trained for ranch work as well as gaming and other fun events.

The contestants compete in six different categories and are scored on a point system; 85 to 100 points is a blue, 70 to 84 is a red; and 69 and below is a white. Only intermediates and seniors can go to state fair.

Lauman said that three of her team were first-year seniors.

"So, they still have time to get better, yet they performed very well. They were not at the bottom of it. They were in a new place."

She added that the competition is outdoors in Redmond. She stated that her group did well, and she was immensely proud of her kids.

"I think they did fantastic, and I am excited for them. With continued time and practice, they are just doing to get better.'

Lauman has been a horse 4-H leader for 10 years. She started when her son was 9, and he is now 19. Her daughter is 16 and began when she was 7.

"I love the 4-H kids and working with them," added Lauman. "We have a lot of fun. Our whole goal is to have fun and learn while you are doing it. I do not push that you have to be the best and have to win. You need to have fun and grow in your knowledge; you need to get where you can do more with your horse and excel that way." She tells them that they are not always going to be first and they are not always going to be last, and oftentimes they will be in between.

Lauman said that there are also many life lessons in caring for a horse. She said that there is a lot that her 4-H kids have to do on their own, and they must put in a substantial amount of time and effort to work with their animals. It is great deal of responsibility.

"The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it."

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