The Citrus County 4-H program earned the second highest amount of points of Florida's large counties at the 2021 State 4-H Horse Show.

They were awarded reserve High Point Large County and averaged at 15.9 points per person. 

Elizabeth Landry

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Landry is an 18-year-old Inverness resident and graduate of Citrus High School. She plans to attend the College of Central Florida in the fall and hopes to one day become certified in equine dentistry.

“There’s not much I don’t like about working with horses,” Landry said. “I’ve been fortunate to have been raised in the equine industry mainly because my mother was raised in the equine and cattle industry.”

Elizabeth Landry

Elizabeth Landry 

Landry said her mother encouraged her to try different disciplines. Even though her passion is barrel racing, she said she’s ridden English horses and is currently trying out reining horses.

As her final year in 4-H, Landry earned 10th in Working Cow Horse, fifth in the Senior Barrel Race, fifth in Senior Pole Bending, fifth in the Senior Keyhole Race and 29th out of the 98 senior horsemen at the state competition.

She will advance to the Regional Horse Show in Perry, Georgia.

“This program is inspiring and has helped me determine my life goals,” Landry said. “I encourage all those who don’t know what 4-H is about to reach out and find out just what this program does for the youth of our country.”

Laura Chiappa

Seventeen-year-old Chiappa is a rising junior at the Inverness Christian Academy and lives in Floral City. She’s been in the 4-H horse program for three years and said she loves everything about horses and hopes to continue learning.

Chiappa placed ninth in the Senior Keyhole Race and will attend the regional competition.

Laura Chiappa

Laura Chiappa

Emily Cornell

Cornell is a 17-year-old rising senior at Citrus High School currently living in Inverness. She’s been in the 4-H horse program for four years and said there’s always something new to learn.

Cornell’s goal is to become an equine veterinarian. She said both she and her horse were new to the competition and although they didn’t win any awards, she couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Lauren Carpenter

Fifteen-year-old Carpenter of Beverly Hills is a rising sophomore at Lecanto High School. She has been in the 4-H horse program for four years.

Carpenter said she enjoys developing a partnership with a horse, learning and improving together and competing in competitions such as “dressage, hunters, equitation and eventing.”

Lauren Carpenter

Lauren Carpenter

She was awarded first place in Senior Training Level Dressage and First Level Dressage and second in Hunter Type Geldings. She will advance to regionals.

Lillianna Athanasiou

Athanasiou of Inverness is 12 years old and entering seventh grade. She will attend the FLVS Flex program as a homeschool student.

Athanasiou won third place in the Senior Keyhole Race and ninth in the Senior Barrel Race in her first year in the 4-H horse program. She will advance to regionals.

She said she enjoys relaxing and bonding with horses and homes to travel to world to ride in horse competitions.

Lillianna Athanasiou

Lillianna Athanasiou

Skylar Rowe

Rowe is a 12-year-old incoming seventh grader at Seven Rivers Christian School and lives in Beverly Hills. This is her first year in 4-H horse program.

Rowe said she loves spending time and training with her horse, Miss Bizzi. “She teaches me to have confidence, patience, compassion and that helps me become a better person, rider and a leader,” she said.

Skylar Rowe

Skylar Rowe

She hopes to attend an equestrian horse university one day to become a trainer and eventually a veterinarian.

Rowe won first place in Junior Hunter Showmanship, third place in Junior Hunter Under Saddle, third in Junior Training Level Dressage, fifth in Junior Hunt Seat Equitation and eighth overall in the Junior division.  

Madisen Stevens

Stevens of Beverly Hills, 12, is a rising sixth-grader at Seven Rivers Christian School. She has been in the 4-H horse program for three years.

Stevens said her favorite part about working with horses is jumping and training. She hopes to become a horse trainer and go to pony finals.

Stevens was awarded first place in Junior Hunter Hack and first in Pony Hunter Under Saddle.

Madisen Stevens

Madisen Stevens

Hope Hill

Hill is a 10-year-old incoming fifth-grader. She is homeschooled and resides in Inverness. This is Hill’s first year in the 4-H horse program and she won fifth place in the Junior Keyhole Race.

Hill said her favorite part about working with horses is riding and training. She looks forward to working with her mustang during the summer.

Hope Hill

Hope Hill

Emilia Indelicato

Ten-year-old Indelicato of Spring Hill is a rising fifth-grader at Gulf Coast Elementary. She has been in the 4-H horse program for three years and said, “I love that I always learn something new.”

Indelicato said her future plans are to ride ride her mustang, Addy. She placed seventh in the Junior Keyhole Race.

Emilia Indelicato

Emilia Indelicato

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.

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