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South Dakota: 4-H ranch horse competition demonstration seeking volunteers

BROOKINGS, SD – Paying homage to the many working horses on ranches and farms across South Dakota, SDSU Extension and the State 4-H Horse Committee team up to host a ranch horse competition demonstration during the 2011 State 4-H Horse Show.

“South Dakota is a state with its roots in agriculture and ranching,” said Rod Geppert, SDSU Extension Youth Livestock Coordinator. “It makes sense to give these youth a chance to showcase a skill that is applicable to what they may have to do with their horses helping out on the family farming or ranching operation. Whether you’re a die-hard show person, or a working cowboy, this is an event you won’t want to miss out on.”

The State 4-H Horse Committee is hosting the demonstration to determine if there is enough interest among 4-H youth to introduce this competition to the 4-H Horse competition line-up. The ranch horse competition demonstration will take place July 20 in the Hippodrome at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron.

SDSU Extension is looking for five youth to compete in this demonstration. These youth will be asked to complete work-related tasks with their horse like dragging a log, opening and closing a gate, crossing a bridge, working cattle and show their overall horsemanship skills in a brief reining pattern.

“With South Dakota’s deep roots in ranching, we think this will be a great partnership. We often hear from 4-H youth who say they have a great horse at home, ‘but he’s not a show horse,'” said Will Kennedy, 4-H/Youth Development Educator for Clay County. “This competition judges the youth and their horses on their ability to do the things they do everyday working on mom and dad’s ranch or helping the neighbor – its applicable skills used at home – not just a show class.”

Although this competition would be new to South Dakota, ranch horse competitions are well received in many states and have been introduced in many breed association competitions.

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“We want to give 4-H youth the chance to show what their working horses can do – highlight the horse that can earn a living at home and still compete in the show ring,” said Tracey Renelt, SDSU Extension Educator and 4-H Horse Committee member.

Youth interested in participating in the ranch horse competition demonstration need to submit a video application to Will Kennedy, postmarked July 1. The video footage should include the applicant dragging a log, calf sled or similar object; crossing an obstacle; working a gate and working cattle. The video needs to also include the horse loping, stopping, rolling back and backing. Lead changes are not required to meet the minimal standards listed.

While all videos are required to meet the minimal standards listed, youth are encouraged to be creative as long as they remain safe. For more information, contact Todd “Will” Kennedy at 605-677-7111 or Todd.Kennedy@sdstate.edu.

BROOKINGS, SD – Paying homage to the many working horses on ranches and farms across South Dakota, SDSU Extension and the State 4-H Horse Committee team up to host a ranch horse competition demonstration during the 2011 State 4-H Horse Show.

“South Dakota is a state with its roots in agriculture and ranching,” said Rod Geppert, SDSU Extension Youth Livestock Coordinator. “It makes sense to give these youth a chance to showcase a skill that is applicable to what they may have to do with their horses helping out on the family farming or ranching operation. Whether you’re a die-hard show person, or a working cowboy, this is an event you won’t want to miss out on.”

The State 4-H Horse Committee is hosting the demonstration to determine if there is enough interest among 4-H youth to introduce this competition to the 4-H Horse competition line-up. The ranch horse competition demonstration will take place July 20 in the Hippodrome at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, Huron.

SDSU Extension is looking for five youth to compete in this demonstration. These youth will be asked to complete work-related tasks with their horse like dragging a log, opening and closing a gate, crossing a bridge, working cattle and show their overall horsemanship skills in a brief reining pattern.

“With South Dakota’s deep roots in ranching, we think this will be a great partnership. We often hear from 4-H youth who say they have a great horse at home, ‘but he’s not a show horse,'” said Will Kennedy, 4-H/Youth Development Educator for Clay County. “This competition judges the youth and their horses on their ability to do the things they do everyday working on mom and dad’s ranch or helping the neighbor – its applicable skills used at home – not just a show class.”

Although this competition would be new to South Dakota, ranch horse competitions are well received in many states and have been introduced in many breed association competitions.

“We want to give 4-H youth the chance to show what their working horses can do – highlight the horse that can earn a living at home and still compete in the show ring,” said Tracey Renelt, SDSU Extension Educator and 4-H Horse Committee member.

Youth interested in participating in the ranch horse competition demonstration need to submit a video application to Will Kennedy, postmarked July 1. The video footage should include the applicant dragging a log, calf sled or similar object; crossing an obstacle; working a gate and working cattle. The video needs to also include the horse loping, stopping, rolling back and backing. Lead changes are not required to meet the minimal standards listed.

While all videos are required to meet the minimal standards listed, youth are encouraged to be creative as long as they remain safe. For more information, contact Todd “Will” Kennedy at 605-677-7111 or Todd.Kennedy@sdstate.edu.

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