The tradition continues… July 21-27, 2019. This will be the 57th annual Texas State 4-H Horse Show. Can you believe it?!?! On top of that, after 30 plus years of being held at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene, Texas, it is now taking place in Bryan, Texas at the Brazos County Expo Center. Over 350 4-H youth and their families will be taking part in this wonderful tradition.
The highest placing senior in each of the six major divisions receives a college scholarship. Along with many other awards that are given away. The show will take over three arenas at the expo center and have halter classes, speed events, ranch events, English, and roping just to name a few.
The show has two parts, it has the open and qualifying show. Each competitor in order to compete in the qualifying show had to place in their own district in order to move on. Competitors who compete at the state level are also eligible to qualify for the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships, which are being held July 31-August 4, 2019 in Perry, Georgia. Each state has different rules in order to move on to the Southern Regionals.
If you happen to be in the area and would like to support the youth of Texas, that are working hard to keep the 4-H as well as the western tradition alive, make sure and stop by watch a couple classes. You will get to see some fantastic horses and even better kids/young adults. The sportsmanship and comradery with these kids is just amazing. On the outside of the ring, its good luck, I hope you do great! Once you’re in the ring, the gloves are off and the competition is on. Once back out of the ring, it’s all congratulations or you’ll do better next time. Along with tons of advice on what you could have done differently.
I know many of you reading this probably were involved in either 4-H or FFA and you know how it helped shape the person you are today. It taught you responsibility, sportsmanship, compassion, and many many other things. I know personally I learned an awful lot about life while attending horse shows and this was always one of my favorites that I looked forward to every year.
Make sure you stop by, South Texas Tack will be there!