More than 500 youth equestrians ranging from nine to 18 compete in this annual state tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Competition starts Sunday, July 7 and runs through Saturday, July 13 starting 8 a.m. each day in Broadbent Arena and the Covered Arena. This event is free and open to the public. Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center is $8 per vehicle.
Riders will compete in seven divisions including the popular Hunters, Western Contest and Drill Team. Drill Team competition is divided into two divisions, small and large teams. Six to 24 riders will compete in a choreographed horseback routine set to music. Teams are judged on creativity, coordination and degree of difficulty.
All riders are members of the local 4-H program in their home counties, completed a minimum of six hours of horse program education and qualified at a district show. Kentucky’s 4-H horse program teaches students about sportsmanship, teamwork, accountability and responsibility using the horse as an educational tool. The 4-H horse program is the largest 4-H program in the state and one of the largest 4-H horse programs in the country.
For more information, visit http://afs.ca.uky.edu/index.php?q=4H/horseprogram.
Information provided by Kentucky Exposition Center
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