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Burnet County 4-H Horse Club saddles up for clinic and show fundraiser

Burnet County 4-H Horse Club members participate in a previous clinic. This year, the club is holding a fundraising clinic and horse show Jan. 30-31. The event will raise money for the District 7 Horse Show on June 16. File photo

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

LLANO — The Burnet County 4-H Horse Club is holding a fundraising clinic and horse show Jan. 30-31.

Both events are at the John L. Kuykendall Arena and Events Center, 2200 RR 152.

The clinic is noon-5 p.m. Jan. 30. The cost is $50 for the entire five-hour session or $20 for a shorter session from 4-6 p.m.

The third annual Open Ranch-Performance Horse Show begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 31. Pre-registration for the horse show is $9 per class by Jan. 25 or $10 per class starting Jan. 26.

The horse show is free to spectators.

The two-day event benefits the District 7 Horse Show on June 16. For the first time, it will be held at the events center.

“We’re trying to get more riders in the area competing,” club sponsor Kelly Haydon said. “We’re having the fundraiser to get better awards.”

The district show is usually held in Sweetwater, but retired Burnet County Extension Agent Wade Hibler was instrumental in officials deciding to have the event in Llano, Haydon said.

She said officials are bracing for about 35 horses for the January show. The three competition divisions include 18 and younger, 19 and older and walk-and-trot, and participants do not have to be members of the Burnet County 4-H Club to compete. There will be several different classes.

The clinic is designed to help riders fine-tune their skills before competing the next day, Haydon said.

“We’ll go over what the judges are looking for and how to exhibit it,” she said.

Spectators can see the relationship between riders and horses during horse shows, the sponsor said. That’s what observers enjoy most, she said.

“(Horses) are animals that have a use and purpose,” Haydon said “They’re very smart. You have to work with them to get the best out of them.”

For members of District 7, which covers 23 counties, participating in the January show helps them get familiar with the facility, which is covered and has central heat and air conditioning.

“This kind of show is great,” Haydon said. “It’s kind of practice at home. You get to go out and go before judges and see how well you’ve been practicing.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

HORSE SHOW CLASSES

  • boxing (cattle charge applies)
  • working ranch horse or boxing (cattle charge applies)
  • ranch reining
  • stock horse pleasure
  • ranch trail
  • performance trail
  • Western pleasure W/J
  • Western pleasure
  • Western horsemanship
  • Western mystery class
  • poles (not before 3 p.m.)
  • flag race
  • straights
  • cloverleaf