Wesney earns grand champion supreme showmanship title at horse show

| October 2, 2019

The grand champion supreme showmanship award was presented to Trace Wesney of Trailblazers 4-H Club during the Coshocton County Junior Fair Horse Show. The event was held Oct. 1 in Hunter Arena.

COSHOCTON – Judge Brandy Kemmer asked the crowd in Hunter Arena to give everyone who competed for grand champion supreme showmanship a round of applause.

“You all did amazing,” she told the competitors.

All first and second place winners of showmanship classes of current year only were eligible to enter the contest held on Oct. 1 at the Coshocton County Fair. They received the pattern they had to work with their horse in a sealed envelope shortly before competing.

“You all executed the pattern to the best of your abilities,” Kemmer said.

Prior to naming the reserve grand champion supreme showmanship and grand champion supreme showmanship, Kemmer gave special recognition to Jaylinn Williamson from the Future Leaders 4-H Club who competed with a young horse.

“You performed your heart out,” Kemmer said. “Keep up the good work and we will see you in the future in the top two.”

This year’s winners were: Grand Champion Supreme Showmanship – Trace Wesney of Trailblazers 4-H Club and Reserve Grand Champion Supreme Showmanship – Dilyn Tumblin of Trailblazers 4-H Club.

“It felt really good to win that,” Tumblin said. “It was a hard pattern and my horse was acting up a little before we went. I was nervous too. I was third to last so I had to watch the others.”

Wesney also was nervous to compete, but got emotional when he heard his name announced as the winner.

“When they said Mr. Trace Wesney I almost started to cried,” he said. “I tried to hold up.”

At the goat show his cousin also earned a grand champion title and Wesney’s mom said their uncle who passed away last year was watching over them.  That thought finally made the tears come, but only for a moment as Wesney had to get his horse Wes ready for more events.

“I rode him every day to get him ready,” Wesney said.

He had football practice right after school too and didn’t always want to ride but is glad he did.

“Once I’d get out there it was really fun,” Wesney said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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