South Dakota: Three equine-related events in Clay County |

South Dakota: Three equine-related events in Clay County

BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the Clay County 4-H Lucky Trailblazers club will host the Lassos and Legends program on April 28-30.

The events include a youth public-speaking contest on April 28, a dinner and program with Today’s Horse magazine publisher Deb Black on April 29, and a tack swap and youth ranch-horse clinic on April 30. To get information on any or all of these events, call organizer Will Kennedy, Extension 4-H/Youth Development educator, at 605-677-7111.

Kennedy said the events are tremendous opportunities for the community to enjoy good food, good company, and to hear a “legend” speak.

“These events will help support youth programs in this area, and we feel fortunate to have Deb Black serve as our ‘Legend’ this year,” Kennedy said. “Deb plays a major role in the Midwest as founder and publisher of South Dakota’s own Today’s Horse magazine, and while our events are horse-related, you do not have to be a horse lover to enjoy the evening.”

The youth public-speaking contest is open to speakers 18 and younger, and will include sponsor-donated cash prizes for the winners. Speakers must register with Kennedy before April 19. The tack swap will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Vermillion. Staff will provide tables and participants are welcome to bring tack they want to sell or come to shop. Call Kennedy to reserve a table.

Kennedy said the youth ranch-horse clinic on April 30 is open to 4-H youth who will be given the opportunity to not only hone their horsemanship skills but also learn more efficient ways to work cattle.

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“We wanted to make this clinic available since the South Dakota 4-H horse show will host a ranch-horse competition demonstration this year,” he said. “Youth from this clinic are eligible to be selected for that event, and it’s a great way for other 4-Hers to see the skills required for this style of equine activity.”

Kennedy can answer questions on any of the Clay County horse-related events by e-mail. Write him at