Three sisters show off their skills at 4H/FFA Horse Show
Go to the 4H/FFA Horse Show at the Gage County Fair this year, and you might hear the name Schultis a lot.
In fact, it’s a name that belongs to three sisters - Reagan, Emerson and Avery - who took home a number of awards during the first two days of the three-day horse show at the fairgrounds’ horse arena.
Reagan, the oldest of the three competing sisters at 19, was champion in reining, western riding and ranch horse pleasure on Friday.
Competing in the senior division, Reagan has shown at the Gage County Fair for the last eight years. This year marks her last year of eligibility.
“I thought I might as well utilize my last chance to show at the fair,” she said. “I kind of just went out there and tried my hardest and did my best, and it seemed to work out pretty well.”
Emerson, 14, and Avery, 11, got the chance to compete against each other in various intermediate and junior events the past two days.
“We kind of help each other out,” Emerson said.
On Thursday, Emerson took home junior champion awards in halter mare, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation and western pleasure. On Friday, she was champion in the intermediate division of reining, western riding, ranch horse pleasure and pole bending.
Mother Melissa Schultis credits her daughters’ year-around hard work.
“They all ride several horses everyday,” she said. “They work really hard, I do say that. It’s fun to see them do well.”
The family lives near Plymouth and has access to an indoor arena, where the girls can practice at any time and in any weather.
“Whether it’s early mornings or late night,” Emerson said.
The youngest competitor Avery took home first place in showmanship, and was junior champion in halter gelding. She was junior reserve champion in hunter under saddle and western pleasure.
Avery said she is looking forward to the working ranch horse portion of Saturday’s competition, which kicks off at 9 a.m.
The annual 4H/FFA Horse Show began Thursday and ends Saturday, with blue skies and mild temperatures welcoming spectators. This year’s judge is Joni Ebel of Shelby, Nebraska.
Other events are coming to the fair Saturday, including the 4H/FFA market swine show at the main barn and the annual Eve of Destruction event.