Saturday, June 10, 2023

Southport teen takes top prize in 4-H regional horse competition

Rebekah Taylor, of Southport, placed 1st in Individual Horse Presentation at the American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH. Photo Courtesy: Brunswick County 4-H

The All American Quarter (AQHA) Horse Congress is the largest single breed-horse show in the world. The show attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus, Ohio area. In addition, the largest Collegiate and Youth Judging contest is held at the Congress, with more than 60 teams of college students, 4-H, FFA and Quarter Horse youth members.

One of those youth members was Rebekah Taylor, of Southport, daughter of Walter and Agnes Taylor. Taylor is a youth leader in the Brunswick County 4-H Bits and Boots Horse Club, and has competed at the county, district, and state level several times. This year her Horse public presentation awarded her the honor to attend three other events; Regional 4-H Horse Competition in Perry, Georgia, AQHA in Columbus, Ohio, and National 4-H Horse Competition in Louisville, Kentucky; and the chance to work with Horse Husbandry State specialist Lori Stroud, and Equine Program State specialist Alaina Cross. Stroud and Cross worked with Taylor and gave feed-back and suggestions on how to make her presentation more interactive.

Taylor competed with a team at the Regional Horse Competition in July. Then, October 18th she traveled to Columbus, Ohio where she competed and won 1st place in the individual Horse presentation, competing against approximately 15 other 4-H youth from across the United States. Her polished presentation topic was, United States Dressage Federations Pyramid of Training. Taylor picked this topic, because it gives her a way to share her passion about a less talked about type of horse training.

In addition she was also to give her presentation to Lyn Palm, a four to six time American Quarter Horse Association Champion, at her local barn, Atlantic Equine Services at the Lynn Palm’s Ride Well Clinic, October 22nd. Which gave her more practice for her next competition, November 5th, National 4-H Horse Competition, in Louisville, Kentucky.
We at Brunswick County 4-H are so very proud of Taylor’s accomplishments and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this Early College High School Senior.

To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how you can participate in activities like these, contact Micah Gore, 4-H Agent at or Angie Lawrence, 4-H Program Associate, at You can also call the Cooperative Extension office at 910-253-2610. Visit their website or blog at

-Content provided by Brunswick County 4-H

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