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KMSHA Youth Austin Coffey and Audry Halcomb Win Coveted Titles

by Mary Marshall

Austin Coffey reached one of the crowning moments of his 4-H horse show career this summer at the 4-H Southern Regional Championship Show in Lexington, Virginia, while 10-year-old Audry Halcomb received reserve high point champion at the Kentucky state 4-H show this past July, in her first summer showing a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse.

Austin is an experienced young horseman having shown in a variety of areas of 4-H horsemanship over the past eight years, representing the High Hopes 4-H Club in Monticello, Ky. He has successfully ridden several different mounts in competitions across Kentucky, mastering both Western and English disciplines.

Audry, a talented young horsewoman, also placed first at the International show this October; in the 11 and under showmanship.

Austin became eligible to compete at the regional level after competing at the state level in Louisville, Ky. He competed for the first time riding a beautiful silver dapple Kentucky Spotted Mountain Horse named Pushers Confederate Lady at the prestigious Southern Regional Championship . Austin managed to capture the first place blue ribbon in the Non Trotting Showmanship Class, as well as first place in the Non Trotting Equitation Class. He also placed fifth in the Racking Horse Pleasure Class.

"We were so proud of his performance at such a high level show. Austin has worked so hard over the years to reach this goal. This is his last year to compete in 4-H and he is very deserving of this recognition," said Kari Sullivan, who is his 4-H Leader. Sullivan owns and trains Pushers Confederate Lady. She and her husband Steve, own High Hopes Stables located in Monticello. "These classes consisted of approximately 40 exceptional horses from 13 states, so the competition was very stiff," said Sullivan.

In addition, Austin and Pushers Confederate Lady received the High Point Award for the Non-trotting Division.

Austin is the 18-year-old son of Dale and Phyllis Coffey of Burnside, KY. He plans to attend college in the south and major in aerospace engineering. His plans definitely include riding his western pleasure mare, QT.