State 4-H Horse Show set July 14-16 in Huron

State 4-H Horse Show set July 14-16 in Huron Over 700 4-H youth, ages eight to 19, are expected to participate in three days of educational activities and exhibits and the State 4-H Horse Show July 14-16 at the South Dakota State Fair Grounds in Huron.

According to Rich Howard, 4-H youth specialist at South Dakota State University, nearly 50 South Dakota counties qualify 4-H members for the state showcase, which attracts 750 to 900 horses each year.

Howard says the show will allow youth to participate in the standard riding events along with other various youth-in-action, leadership, and life-skill oriented events such as horse quiz bowl, horse judging, hippology, public speaking, demonstrations and illustrated talk events.

"The hippology contest provides an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their expertise in various facets of equine science," said Howard.

The contest, which includes a written test, station identification, practical experience application, horse judging, and team problem solving, will be held Thursday afternoon, July 15.

The state 4-H horse judging contest will be held on Thursday evening, July 15. Public speaking, demonstrations and illustrated talks are scheduled for the afternoon of July 14.

Showmanship events are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on July 14 in the open class beef barn. On Thursday, July 15, the riding events will resume at 7 a.m. Special performance events, such as barrels and poles, will be showcased, starting at 7:30 a.m. on July 16.

The riding events are divided into the age groups of Beginner, 8-9; Junior, 10-13; and Senior, 14-18. There will be two riding classes for Beginners, 20 classes for Juniors and 17 classes for Seniors.

The public is invited to attend the free-of-charge events.

The S.D. State 4-H Show is a cooperative education effort of the S.D. State Fair Commission, the S.D. Cooperative Extension Service, and the S.D. 4-H Foundation.

For more information on this and other 4-H programs, contact your local Extension office.

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