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July 3, 2014
SEARCY, Ark. -- The 2014 Arkansas 4-H State Horse Show, already home to a wide variety
of English and Western riding styles and horse-related activities, will feature a
new riding discipline, western dressage, during its July 14-17 run at the White County
Each year, the state horse show program brings together 175 qualified teenagers and
their horses to show their knowledge about horses, public speaking skills, ability
to take care of their horse, and their riding performance. The fairgrounds are located
at 802 Davis Drive in Searcy.
“This is an event to show their horse and what they have been working on,” said Mark
Russell, an assistant professor-equine for the University of Arkansas System Division
New to the prize list is western dressage, a relatively new discipline that combines
classical dressage and the traditions of western riding. “Dressage” translates roughly
to “preparation” or “Training,” and both the English and western versions of this
sport aim to train horse and rider as a team working in balance, physically and mentally.
In preparation for the contest, these teenagers have been working all year and some
of them took part in two riding camps to hone their skills, he said.
The State Horse Show is by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
and only youths enrolled in the 4-H Horse program may compete.
The goat-tying contest will kick off the event on Monday, July 14 at 8 a.m. Then followed
by barrel racing, pole bending, stake race, and keyhole race. Towards sunset, contestants
will join Horse Bowl and public speaking competition to test their confidence, poise,
and equine knowledge.
The second day will include education contest, dressage competition, interviews, and
Various performance contests will take place on the third day, such as hunter under
saddle competition, western riding, and ranch roping Clinic.
The event will end with ranch reining and ranch halter on Thursday.
“My goal is that each kid can learn something and that they’ll feel that they have
given it a hundred percent and they’ll tell their friends about it,” Russell said.
The event is free and open to the public. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from
Monday through Thursday, July 14-17.
To learn more about Extension Horse Programs, visit http://www.uaex.uada.edu/farm-ranch/animals-forages/horses/.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race,
color, national, origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
All meetings and activities announced in this news release are open to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities
who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print,
audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior
to the activity.
By Kezia NandaFor the Cooperative Extension ServiceUA System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org