Shaela Ledbetter represents 4-H SRHC

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Shaela achieved many awards at the regional and state horse shows this summer.

Shaela Ledbetter of Livingston Academy 4-H and Overton 4-H will be representing Tennessee 4-H at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Champions in Perry, Georgia July 28-August 1, 2021. With her Arabian, Angel, she will compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Trail, Ranch Trail, and Ranch Riding.

Ledbetter has been involved in 4-H for 8 years but has been riding for nine. She fell in love with riding because she said it was a great way to relieve stress, feel free, a project she would be involved in whenever she wanted to, and because she connected strongly with horses. Ledbetter started riding because she “wanted to go to new places”. She proclaims, “I started competing for Overton County by first traveling to Putnam, then MTSU, and Shelbyville. I am excited to compete against people from out of state at the show in Georgia. I want to come home with awards to help me get into college, strengthen my resume, and receive scholarships later on.”

4-H has helped her develop many new relationships. Upon graduation in 2022, she hopes to go to MTSU and major in Horse Science before attending veterinary school for large and small animals. “I’ve made a lot of friends across the whole state. I met a girl from Knox County who I plan to live with at college.”

Ledbetter is the daughter of Lori and Mickey Ledbetter of Allons, TN. When asked what she hopes people learn from her 4-H experience is that “it has opened a lot of doors for me.” She also added, “I want to thank my parents for believing in me and my trainer for training me and getting me this far.” We are so proud of Shaela’s horse involvement and wish her the best on her journey to Georgia!

If you are interested in having your child participate in 4-H Horse or Livestock projects, e-mail nmarrero@utk.edu or call 931-823-2735.