The kids had a lot of chances to show their stuff.
The morning began with English riding and the classes included equitation, how the rider looks on the horse; pleasure, which is based more on the way the horse looks; bareback; and finally patterns, where the rider has to memorize and then execute a pattern while riding.
The showmanship class judged on how the horse looked and how well the riders knew the horse and it’s anatomy.
After a lunch break, the participants repeated the riding classes, except in Western-style.
“The show’s going really well,” said Sue Blott, whose kids used to participate before they sold their horses in preparation for a move. “There are three or four out there who are in their first show and they’re definitely learning. There’s a lot of beginners and they’re doing great.”
A few of the beginners, five of them, were doing “leadline,” which is where they ride the horse while being led by an adult. The other ten competed by themselves: three intermediates, four beginners and three novices.
“It’s really cute, some of the kids are so tiny and the horses are so big,” Blott said.
At 4-H horse shows, the participants are scored against a standard, rather than each other, which meant all the participants got ribbons: either purple, blue, red or white depending on how well they did.
Mom Doreece Mutch has a 14-year-old daughter, Sydney, who competed in the intermediate division.
“She’s placed well,” Mutch said. “She won two blues and a purple.”
The next big event for the horse community in Kodiak, and people who want to watch, is the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair on August 30 and 31.
Contact Julie Herrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.