Local girls place at state 4-H competition

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 7/25/17

Members of Forward Farm’s Jasper Equestrian Team (JETS) recently placed in a state 4-H competition.

Annelise Hulsey, Savannah Huffman and Emma Grace Sherer all placed at the state 4-H show in Rainsville that was held July 7-9. They are all members of the Forward Horse Club, which Walker County Extension Office Agent Rebecca Persons oversees as part of the 4-H and Youth Development division.

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Local girls place at state 4-H competition

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Members of Forward Farm’s Jasper Equestrian Team (JETS) recently placed in a state 4-H competition.

Annelise Hulsey, Savannah Huffman and Emma Grace Sherer all placed at the state 4-H show in Rainsville that was held July 7-9. They are all members of the Forward Horse Club, which Walker County Extension Office Agent Rebecca Persons oversees as part of the 4-H and Youth Development division.

Hulsey, 10, and Sherer, 11, both placed in the junior division, with Huffman, 15, placing in the senior division. Hulsey won first place in Junior Hunt Seat Trail, second in Junior Hunter Hack, fourth in Junior Hunter Under Saddle and fourth in Junior Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat. Sherer won second place in Junior Hunt Seat Trail, third place in Junior Hunter Hack and fifth place in Junior Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat. She also participated in Western Trail.

Huffman won first place in Working Hunter, fourth place in Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat and participated in Senior Western Trail and Senior Pole Bending. She also placed first in Senior Hunter Hack, which has qualified her for regionals in Perry, Ga.

The girls chose to participate in either the English or western divisions, which allowed them to display different riding techniques.

Annelise Hulsey’s mother, Ericalyn Hulsey, said she is proud of the girls for placing in one of their first competitions. Prior to the state 4-H show, members of the JETS competed at a show in Fayette and at the El Gezira Riding Academy in Harpersville. Some of the girls didn’t start taking riding lessons until last year, and are already proving to be strong competitors, she said.

“We went without any expectations. This was really just for the experience of being able to do this, because this is most of the girls’ first or second year of riding,” Ericalyn Hulsey said. “We were just really blown away when we went up there and came home with three first place ribbons.”

Melissa Searcy founded Forward Farm in February 2016, which is open to girls of all abilities. Forward Farm is located behind the old Farmstead Middle School on Highway 195 in Jasper.

Ericalyn Hulsey said some JETS members also participated and placed in the Alabama Hunter Jumpers Association show this past weekend at El Gezira Riding Academy.

“I’m just very excited that there is something in Jasper, in Walker County, for our kids to be able to have this opportunity,” she said of Forward Farm. “It’s a great opportunity that we have available to us that not a lot of people know about.”

To ask about all of the services offered by Forward Farm or to enroll in a riding class or camp experience, email forwardequine@gmail.com or call (334) 799-4598.