QCS Senior Writer
The Quay County Fairgrounds will be site of the 52nd Annual State 4-H Horse Show and Quay County 4-H Rodeo on Friday and Saturday in Tucumcari.
Local supporter and horsewoman Ruth Nelson will direct the horse show.
Action starts at 7 a.m., Friday and Saturday at the Quay County Fairgrounds. Admission is free. There will be 38 competitors from across the state, Nelson said. She said 4-Hers will demonstrate their skill and control over their horses during events such as showmanship, horsemanship, and reining.
“If you enjoy demonstrations of horsemanship or just enjoy horses, come out to the fairgrounds,” she said.
“It is wonderful that Quay County has kept this tradition alive,” Nelson said, “The parents show tremendous support for their children by coming to these events. I understand how much it costs to haul and show horses.”
Nelson said each competitor can enter multiple events in horse show to compete for prizes such as saddles and buckles. She said the quality of prizes offered and small categories in which riders compete make the Tucumcari event stand out from an other horse competition in the state.
The fairgrounds will also host the 2013 4-H Rodeo that will test the skills of young cowboys and cowgirls in events including barrels and poles, break-away and team roping, and steer and bull riding.
The rodeo will be held at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children at the fairgrounds rodeo arena.
Each night, the Quay County 4-H Drill Team will kick off the rodeo with a mounted pattern and a posting of colors. This year’s announcer will be Brad Hodges, a Quay County 4-H alumnus who spent many years as a 4-H rodeo participant.
Nelson said these events promote the community and help boost the local economy. She said 38 families will be staying in Tucumcari, spending money at local hotels, restaurants and shopping.
The efforts of the 4-Hers parents and volunteers help to make this rodeo and horse show a success each year and a true family event, said Brenda Bishop, county extension agent.
Bishop said there are over 25 volunteers that do not have kids in 4-H, who work hand-in-hand with the parents of 4-Hers. She said the planning committee starts working on the next rodeo and horse show, before this year’s event is even completed
Bishop said the parents and volunteers are dedicated to hosting events for these kids to compete. She said staff at the Quay County Extension Service appreciates the services of the volunteers, community donors, parents and youth.
Bishop said these events help the 4-Hers earn money to go to district, state and national competitions.