Nebraska 4-H’ers will compete at State Horse Exposition July 11-15 |

Nebraska 4-H’ers will compete at State Horse Exposition July 11-15

LINCOLN, Neb. – More than 400 youth riders from across Nebraska will gather in Grand Island, Neb., July 11-15 to compete in the 2010 Fonner State Park State 4-H Exposition.

4-H’ers who earned blue and purple ribbons at one of Nebraska’s six 4-H district horse shows are qualified to compete in their specific events. Members enrolled in the 4-H horse project who did not qualify at the district level may still enter the showmanship and halter competitions at the state level.

The exposition begins July 11 with horse check-in from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hippology competition starts at 6 p.m.

July 12 starts with the halter competitions and showmanship trials at 7:30 a.m. The showmanship finals are then held at 5:30 p.m. R.B. Warren and Grand Island Saddle Club Scholarship interviews start at 9 a.m. The judging phase of the hippology and horse judging contests are at 1 p.m. The trail horse competition is the last of the day starting at 7 p.m.

July 13 begins with English pleasure and English equitation finals at 7:30 a.m. Western horsemanship trials begin at 8 a.m., followed by the hunter hack trials at 9 a.m. The 3-year-old western pleasure finals start at 10 a.m. Finals for western pleasure ponies and trials for western pleasure horses begin at 10:30 a.m. The 2-year-old western pleasure trials begin at 4 p.m. Finals for the hunter hack, western pleasure, 2-year-old snaffle bit western pleasure and western horsemanship competitions all start at 6:30 p.m.

July 14 begins with the western riding competition at 7:30 a.m., immediately followed by advanced western horsemanship and the pole bending trials at 8 a.m. The advanced western pleasure, advanced English pleasure and advanced English equitation competitions follow at 9:15, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Barrel racing trials begin at 12:30 p.m., followed immediately by the finals. Also at 12:30 p.m. is the dressage competition. The reining trials begin at 2:30 p.m.

July 15 begins at 7 a.m. with the working ranch horse competition. The break-a-way calf roping, calf roping and dally roping competitions begin at 8 a.m. with the finals immediately following the preliminaries for each class.

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