LANSING — Michigan State University hosted about 550 riders in the 2012 Michigan State 4-H Horse Show from Aug. 17-19 at the MSU Pavilion.
Riders from Michigan’s Lower Peninsula previously qualified through their county’s 4-H horse shows.
Ian Baese, 18, of Carson City, represented Montcalm County in dressage riding and won the Reserve Grand Championship in that discipline. He also had the highest individual riding test score out of the 40 riders entered. In addition, he placed fifth in hunt seat equitation for 18-year-olds.
In all of his events, Baese rode his 15-year-old quarter horse mare, Ellie (Jack’s Eternal Rose).
Baese has particiated in Montcalm County 4-H activities for 14 years, including art, beef and horticulture projects, along with equestrian. Dressage is his favorite equestrian discipline. In 2010 and 2011, he qualified for the state show in gymkhana, placing in seven of the eight events entered over the two years.
Baese is the son of Don and Pat Baese of Carson City.