The recently formed Trumbull County equine 4-H club, dubbed the Boot Scootin’ Buckeyes, recently competed at the United States Equestrian Drill Association international drill team competition in Alexandria, Ky. Events consist of riding as a team in an intricate pattern of maneuvers, some while holding flags, coordinated to music.
The team is just one year old, and it is the only equine 4-H club in Trumbull County dedicated strictly to drill team riding. After only six weeks of practice, the group scored fourth in its division in last year’s competition.
This year, with improved overall knowledge, more competitive outfits and flags, extensive practice time and increased difficulty of their self-designed routines, the group expanded from four to six members.
The original, four-horse team comprised Amanda Accordino, Alexis Accordino, Jennifer Corley and Kendra Garlock. They took first place in the Youth Quad division, which included competitors from Ohio, Kentucky and as far away as Canada.
The six-horse team includes the original four, and adds Mackenzie Evan and Cierra Gabrielson. They placed first in the Novice Youth Freestyle division and third in the Youth Freestyle division.
The group will compete in November at the 4-H Nationals at the Kentucky horse park.