AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama State 4-H Horse Show, set for July 6-9, moves to a new location. This year, the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville will host the event.
Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension equine specialist, said that moving the show to Rainsville offered a number of benefits.
“This is a great area that is family-friendly with a lot of state and national parks nearby,” said Holland. “We also have more volunteer help available in the area.”
Additionally, she added that Rainsville’s climate controlled facility benefits to both horses and people.
The 4-H State Horse Show offers many events for 4-H members from all over the state to participate in. There will be numerous riding classes including hunt seat, western and ranch events as well as roping, speed and drill team competitions.
However, there will also be events for those who do not own horses to participate in. Horse judging, public speaking, photography and art are just a few ways young people who do own horses will be participating.
Holland said participation in youth horse shows sharpens life skills especially for youth involved in the educational events.
“This show provides a less intimidating environment for youth who want to start showing horses or who want practice before entering shows with associations,” said Holland. “Another key aspect of this show is that a child doesn’t have to own a horse to participate. These events allow everyone to get in on the fun.”
- Brady Gibby, Newberry, Georgia, is the judge for the western, ranch and speed events. Gibby has judged the Congress and AQHA World Show several times in the past. He is the former executive director for the Palomino Horse Breeders of America. He also holds cards with the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Snaffle Bit Association and the Palomino Horse Breeders of America.
- Heather Stalker, Gainsville, Florida, is the hunter division and dressage judge. Stalker judges for United States Equestrian Federation as a “r” judge. She also holds gold, sliver and bronze medals with the United States Dressage Federation.
- Tina Ray, Clermont, Georgia, will judge the drill team competition and is a United States Drill Team Association drill team master judge. She has judged numerous drill competitions all over the country.
For a full schedule and more information about the state 4-H Horse Show, visit Alabama 4-H online or contact your county Extension office.
Alabama 4-H provides youth development and education as part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. In 2016, more than 144,000 young people participated in some Alabama 4-H activity.