Rock kids getting ready for horse, pony show

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David Brazy
Friday, July 8, 2011
— About 150 kids from throughout Rock County are polishing their saddles and grooming their horses to prepare for an 4-H/FFA horse and pony show this weekend at the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave.

The show gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and runs through the afternoon, said Donna Duerst, Rock County 4-H youth development agent. Horses taller than 56 inches will be featured on the event’s opening day.

The show continues at 10 a.m. Sunday and features smaller horses.

Competition classes featured this weekend include showmanship, Western and English riding styles, horsemanship, trail and obstacle course and cart driving.

Duerst said the show is split into two days because it’s safer with the large number of kids who compete.

“The youths bring in the animals they have been working with throughout the year,” she said. “It is their chance to show what they learned and what they can do with the animals.”

The show will feature children ranging from third-graders to high school graduates. Those 12-years-old and older will have a chance to qualify for the state competition later in the year.

The show is a great way for kids to gain experience in animal showing, Duerst said.

“For some kids this is one of the only times they show their horses during the year, and some kids show them all year ’round,” Duerst said. “That’s the neat thing about it is you don’t necessary have to have a lot of experience to participate.”

Last updated: 5:56 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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