The 42nd Alabama
State 4-H Horse Show is set for July 7-11 at the Garrett Coliseum Complex in
Montgomery. More than 200 members from 30 counties across the state will
compete at the weeklong event.
Jason P'Pool, animal science
specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and new director of
the show, is eager for the events to start. "The excitement has been building
since I came to Alabama from Kentucky in January," P'Pool says.
The show is designed to
introduce knowledge, management and training of horses and provide hands-on
learning experiences to develop life skills necessary to be contributing
members of society.
Alabama 4-H Foundation
Regional Extension agent, Wendy Padgett is proud of the youth and excited for
this year's show. "The show gives the youth a chance to celebrate their
accomplishments throughout the year," Padgett says. "It lets the public see
what they've been doing and what they've learned."
The week is filled with horse
events as well as passive and active educational classes that allow
participants to share their knowledge and skills. The passive educational
classes include artwork, creative writing and photography, while the active
educational classes include hippology, public speaking and presentations.
The educational classes and
demonstrations are meant for youth to share their knowledge and practice public
speaking skills. "I have learned so much about horses, their care and tack and
equipment by listening to the members' presentations," Padgett says. "There are
some things that you just can't learn about like this anywhere else."
Padgett adds this is a great
opportunity for members who don't own a horse to show their skills and what
they've been working on and learning through 4-H in the past year. "Even if
they don't have a horse, they can still showcase their abilities by
participating in the educational events. They can also attend the show and
support their fellow members who do have horses."
In the horse events, youth
will compete in hunt seat, saddle seat, Western riding styles and timed events.
Riders will also be judged on their abilities to perform certain skills, such
as speed and precision of maneuvers, as well as overall performance.
"Whether it be one of the
educational events or an actual class evaluating the performance of their
horse, the bottom line is that 'Grand Champion' young people will be involved,"
Members are encouraged to
participate in horse events and educational classes. The more events they
participate in the more points they earn. Points are recorded throughout the
show and at the end of the week awards will be announced. The highest award is
the High Point Buckle, which is awarded to the 4-Hers with the most points
within each division. There will be High Point Buckles awarded in Educational,
Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, Western and Time Event divisions.
Class winners are eligible to
compete at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show in Raleigh, N.C. July 28 - Aug.
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