The 2012 South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show was recently held July 23-27 at the State Fair grounds in Huron. 482 4-H Youth participated in the annual event. According to SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Livestock Show Management Coordinator, Rod Geppert, youth horse enthusiasts have several opportunities to get involved with the 4-H horse project throughout the year.
"No matter what your interest in horses may be... there is something for everyone," Geppert said. "Raising horse projects teaches youngsters responsibility and commitment to a project. The time invested in riding, caring for, and training horses improves the quality of life for children."
Many 4-H members compete in youth horse events to test the skills of both the horse and rider. Other educational contests like horse judging, hippology and horse quiz bowl make an exciting learning experience.
South Dakota 4-H Horse Project youth will be featured in the next HorseShowPatterns.com judging DVD. Exhibitors were recorded throughout the show and footage will be selected to create video judging classes. The video produced by HorseShowPatterns.com will be available later this fall.
4-H Horse Judging contest was attended by 105 youth judges. Senior and Junior contestants evaluated four Halter Classes along with 1 Performance Class and gave two sets of reasons. Beginners evaluated two Halter classes and answered 1 set of questions as well as were tested on their knowledge of parts ID.
Thank you to all the 4-H horse show participants who volunteered their time and horses for the judging contest. Also thank you to Bruce Bebo for helping select classes with Dr. Rebecca Bott and Ashley Peterson.
Complete results are available at http://bit.ly/NXNQmv