Lucky threes, again ?...
Quay County will once again strive to keep the coveted saddles at home as contestants from the entire State of New Mexico come to Tucumcari to compete. This Friday and Saturday about 45 contestants will ride their 4-H horse projects to show how hard they have worked to get their horse to move correctly as called for by the judge.
Orin Barnes of Canyon, Texas, will have the honor of placing the 4-Hers in each class and in each division, with the winners working for the most points on a six-point scale.
Saddles and buckles will be awarded in each division: Novice, Junior and Senior. Saddles will be given to the high-point individual and the buckles will be given to the runner-up in each division.
Last year saw Tucumcari keep all three saddles: This was a first in history. Previously, Valtie Riddle had won a saddle each year in her age division; winning a saddle for the past 6 years. Riddle said her hope is for Tucumcari to keep the saddles in Quay County once again.
Quay County has a strong horse program and she hopes she and her friends will come out on top to keep the tradition.
Riddle hopes to win another State 4-H Horse Show All Around Saddle. Becca Alden is vying for her third All Around Saddle and Georgia Mitchell is also a contender for the Senior Horse Show Saddle.
In all, over 60 events are held during the State 4-H Horse Show, and Quay County 4-H Rodeo.
They are hosted by the Quay County 4-H Council and every Quay County 4-Her and parent assists with the events. The funds raised will be used to help 4-Hers attend district and state competitions next summer, to send teams to national contests, and to purchase equipment and training materials.
The events begin on Friday. Admission to the horse show is free. Admission to the Rodeo is $2 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 and under 6 free.
Programs for the Rodeo include both performances and are $2. These events will be held at the Quay County Fairgrounds. There will be a 4-H run concession stand featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, and frito pies each day.
A highlight will be the Quay County 4-H Drill Team which has been working on a grand entry horseback routine especially suited for rodeo enthusiasts.
Here’s the schedule of events:
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.: State 4-H Horse Show – Halter, Showmanship, Western Classes, and English Classes including jumping
4:30 p.m.: Gates open for Rodeo (rough stock Friday only)
6 p.m.: Rodeo Grand Entry and Rodeo Begins
7 a .m.-1 p.m.: State 4-H Horse Show- Reining, Barrels, and Poles
Awards will follow last class
4:30 p.m.: Gates open for Rodeo
6 p.m.: Rodeo Grand Entry and Rodeo begins
The council wishes to thank all of the volunteers who assist them with hosting these events and the businesses that assist with providing the prizes.
For more information about the show and rodeo call 461-0562.