The New Mexico State 4-H Horse Show and Quay County 4-H Rodeo is, according to Quay County Extension agent Pete Walden and others from the extension office, raring to go on the weekend of July 23.
According to Tammy Hall of the extension office, 4-H horse enthusiasts from throughout the state will be gathering at the Quay County Fairgrounds and rodeo arena to compete in different categories of horse competition on July 23 and 24. It will begin at 7 a.m. each day of the two-day competition.
“They will be coming from as far away as Farmington and Reserve,” said Hall about the young people gathering in Tucumcari. Extension agent Brenda Bishop said the competition is both simple and complex. “The State Horse Show is where 4-Hers demonstrate their skill and control over their horses. Admission to the horse show is free. These events will be held at the rodeo arena on the Quay County Fairgrounds.,” said extension agent Brenda Bishop.
Nearby in the rodeo arena in the evening, the Quay County 4-H clubs will be competing in rodeo events. The rodeo will take place July 23, 24 and 25. The gates of the arena will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and the rodeo itself will begin at 7 p.m. on the two evenings and then the gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and the rodeo will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Walden said this is the 43 year that the two activities will be taking place and 110 people have already registered for different events in the Rodeo and 76 people have registered for the horse show for the weekend. “It should be really good,” said Walden. “There are kids coming from all over the state.” Walden said there are six different saddles currently sitting in the Quay County Extension Office that will go to champions of the different events. He also said there are also other prizes to be won like buckles, bits and belt pins among other awards. “And they all have been donated by local people or businesses,” said Walden.
Walden pointed out that Nate Allen would be handling the announcing duties for the horse show while he would be joined by Will Cantrell announcing for the Rodeo.
Cantrell also said Greg Gudgell would be stock contractor.
Bishop said admission for adults is $2 and for children under 12 the cost will be $1. No dogs will be allowed at the events.