WAYNE – One of the five District Horse Shows made their way to Wayne Wednesday.
The 2017 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Show took place near the horse arena at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
With reports from a half an inch to close to an inch around Wayne County, the mud was a factor early on for horses and their riders.
Check-in opened the morning at 8 a.m. with the show schedule starting at 9 a.m.
Amy Topp is the Wayne County Extension Educator and was the Show Superintendent for the day. Topp said the Fair board has done a lot to the Fairgrounds.
“They’ve done some work in our new horse barn up here,” said Topp. “So, it’s kind of a good location, plenty of parking and camper hook-ups for families if they want to come. I think we had about 16 horses stay overnight
Events included Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure Ponies, Western Pleasure Horses, Western Horsemanship, Reining, Pole Bending and Barrel Racing for Junior and Senior age divisions.
Those who are 10-years old as of January 1, 2017 and passed two level tests at the local level were able to participate. There is a written portion of the test and a report that needed to be turned in. Juniors are ages 10-13 while Seniors are 14 & up. Ages ranged from 10 to 18 on Wednesday.
Topp added Todd Luedeke worked the arena to make sure it was safe for the horses and the judge was understanding of the circumstances taking it slow.
“But I know as our community relies on agriculture too,” Topp added. “So, I hope it made some farmers happy about the moisture we received as well.”
Wayne County had the second largest pre-registered number of riders at 91, Lincoln had the most. If horses didn’t enter the ring for a class Wednesday, they had options to compete in the remaining two districts next week.
Other Districts including Wayne for pre-qualifying for the State Horse Show were in Lexington (June 12), Taylor (June 13), Hemingford (June 19) and Lincoln (June 20).
22 Counties were represented during the pre-registration period with Wayne County included Antelope, Burt, Butler, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas-Sarpy, Johnson, Knox, Madison, Nance, Platte, Polk, Richardson, Saunders, Seward, Washington and York.
Those who received a blue ribbon at the end of the day qualified for the State Horse Show. The 2017 State 4-H Horse Show and Exposition will be held on Sunday, July 16 – Thursday, July 20 at Fonner Park in Grand Island.