by Quay County Staff
Hundreds of New Mexico 4-Hers will compete for saddles, bits, belt buckles, belt pins, and other prizes in over 60 events this weekend at the State 4-H Horse Show and Quay County 4-H Rodeo at the Quay County Fairgrounds.
“Horse show enthusiasts will want to watch our own Valtie Riddle attempt to win another state 4-H Horse Show all around saddle,” said Brenda Bishop, program director of the Quay County Extension office.
Also, “Becca Alden is vying for her second all around saddle in the novice division. And Georgia Mitchell is a contender for the junior horse show saddle,” she said.
The 4-Hers will also run a concession stand will be cooking up hamburgers, hot dogs and frito pies on each day, Bishop said.
“This is our major fundraiser,” she said. “The funds raised this weekend will be used to help our 4-Hers attend district and state competitions next summer, to send teams to national contests and to purchase equipment and training materials.”
For the events, the Quay County 4-H Drill Team has been working on a horseback routine that will kick off the the beginning of each rodeo competition on Friday and Saturday, Bishop said.
Riders in the drill team performance also include some of the first-year riders, she said.
Admission to the horse show is free.
Admission to the rodeo is $2 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children under 6 are admitted free.
Programs for the rodeo which include both performances are $2.
The following is the schedule for the horse show and rodeo.
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. – State 4-H Horse Show
4:30 p.m. – Gates Open for Rodeo (rough stock Friday only)
6 p.m. – Rodeo begins with drill team performance.
7 a.m.– Noon – State 4-H Horse Show- Jumping, Reining, Barrels, and Poles
Presentation of awards will follow last class
3:30 p.m. – Gates Open for Rodeo
5 p.m. – Rodeo Begins with drill team performance