Horse Fun Show relieves stress of competition for 4-H riders

PERKINS TWP. It rained cats and dogs Thursday, but animals and people still showed up for Erie Count
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

It rained cats and dogs Thursday, but animals and people still showed up for Erie County Fair festivities.

Members of the Wranglers and Ropers 4-H Club came out Thursday night for the 4-H Horse Fun Show, a chance to work on some non-competition talents.

"It's just fun for the kids to have fun after all the stress and tension of the shows," said Hayley Hillenbrand, advisor.

The riders participate in six unique activities with their horses. The first activity, Thread the Needle, required riders to run across the arena and weave their horses in and out of orange construction cones before running back.

Craig Ritz, 16, won the event with the fastest time of 10.234 seconds. Craig said he felt good about winning.

The riders also competed in five more activities including: Ball Race, where they had to ride their horses across the arena and throw a ball in a bucket before riding back; bubblegum race, where the kids started out with a new piece of gum and had to ride across the arena and blow a bubble before they could head back; Baton Race, which was a relay race of sorts between two riders on horses; Run and Ride, which the kids themselves ran for a portion of the race; and Late for a Date, one of the most unique events where the kids ride across the arena, put on baby powder, shaving cream and lipstick before returning.

All events were judged by time, but even the slower riders earned cheers from the spectators.

"It's just fun to get out here and ride with all these other people. It's just a big laugh really," said Katie Wallrabenstein, 16, Wranglers and Ropers president.