JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
LLANO — The District 7 4H Horse Show will be held in Llano for the first time.
The show begins at 9 a.m. June 16 at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152. All events are free to attend.
The show has been in Sweetwater for more than a decade because of its close proximity to the district office in San Angelo.
But Burnet County 4H Horse Club sponsors Wade Hibler and Russell Haydon told organizers about the arena and convinced them to move it this year.
District 7 encompasses 23 counties, and Lampasas, Burnet and Llano are the counties located the farthest south in the district.
That means organizers are bracing to welcome anywhere from 50 to 100 students to the show, which will have 29 events, including speed horse, ranch horse and Western, English and halter riding styles.
“Most of the kids have to show at the county level,” said Burnet 4H Horse Club sponsor Kelly Haydon.
On June 15, organizers are conducting a 4H Invitational Show for students and adults who are members of 4H at the Kuykendall arena. Admission is free.
Some of that day’s events are competitions such as team penning and roping, while others will serve as practice rounds before the district show the next day. Other events include cutting and working cow.
This district show is a precursor to the Texas State 4H Horse Show in Abilene in August.
In advance of the invitational and district shows, AGLeather of Kingsland is sponsoring a day of roping at the arena starting at 10 a.m. June 13 and a rodeo playday series starting at 11 a.m. June 14. There’s no cost for spectators.
“It’ll draw both amateur and professional riders,” Kelly Haydon said.
She added that students can use these to help them compete on university and college horse teams.
“These events are important as far as competition and giving kids a place to show what they’ve learned,” Haydon said. “Anytime they compete, it helps that scholarship process.”
Contact Kelly Haydon at email@example.com or (830) 265-8048 for more information.