Horse show helped Shadow Riders prepare

Shadow Riders 4-H Club enjoyed a busy day Sunday, when members participated in the largest show the club has ever organized.

Shadow Riders 4-H Club enjoyed a busy day Sunday, when members participated in the largest show the club has ever organized.

The club’s pre-regional horse show at Benalto Ag. Grounds had 85 entries — an increase from last year’s 75.

Attending the show were members from clubs in 4-H’s West Central region, which includes Leslieville, Red Deer, Innisfail and other areas.

Club general leader Craig Kentz described the day as a success, and felt it would prepare members for the West Central Regional Horse Show in Red Deer.

“This is a part where they get to show off to the parents what they’ve learned, and see how they’re doing against other clubs in the same area,” he said. “It’s basically a learning show for their final show at the end of May.”

Riders and their horses took part in a number of events, and competed for top marks in showmanship and English and Western riding styles.

They were also judged on their ability to manoeuvre through a trail course.

Riders were grouped according to their age and riding level.

Kentz said he expects about 250 entries at the show in Red Deer, which will be held at Westerner Park May 31 to June 2.